20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 10) on one felony count each of burglary and second-degree kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count of simple assault.
Tucker was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on June 14 at the Civitan Court Apartment complex on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. A 19-year-old female victim answered the door and was pushed back into the apartment by three men, who then assaulted her. A 23-year-old male victim heard noise, came downstairs and was dragged out of the residence where he was also assaulted. Neither victim was transported to the hospital.
A second suspect has not been arrested. Police say there may have been a third person driving the suspects’ vehicle.
Warrants for Tucker’s arrest were issued on June 15. He was taken into custody without incident at 3:45 a.m. yesterday on the 600 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Tucker was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $63,100 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
[NOTE: this story was edited to remove the name of Jalen Michael Shade, who had erroneously been identified as a suspect in the assault case. Mr. Shade was not charged in connection to the assault case and is not a suspect.]
40-year-old Daniel Leon Gilvaja of Camp Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 9) on one felony count each for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule I and schedule II controlled substances. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
He was arrested after Officers stopped a 2007 Pontiac with no license tag light at Highway 127 South and South Center Street. Police found a baggie containing methamphetamine on Gilvaja’s person. In the center console, they found black tar heroin, marijuana, three Oxycodone pills, more meth, powder cocaine and one Clonazepam pill. In all, Officers found ten grams of meth, two grams of heroin, one gram of cocaine and 1.2 grams of marijuana.
Police observed that Gilvaja appeared to be under the influence of an impairing substance. E.M.S. was called to the scene, but Gilvaja declined transport to a medical facility.
He was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (July 11) in Hickory.
27-year-old Cody Matthew Startt of Matoaka, West Virginia is now in jail in Catawba County. Startt is the suspect in approximately 400 bomb threats called in to various locations in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. He was arrested July 6 in West Virginia.
Startt was charged three with felony probation violations in connection to bomb threats made in May of last year. He was convicted on those charges in October of 2015 in Catawba County.
Additional charges are forthcoming. A multi-agency investigation is continuing as authorities work to determine how and where Startt will be charged in connection to the most recent offenses.
He was brought to Hickory Friday (July 8) and confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $125,000 bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today (July 11) in Newton.
The Newton Fire Department is currently conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the southeast quadrant of the city.
The southeast quadrant of the city includes areas south of A Street and east of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Citizens residing in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate discoloring of the water.
Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.
In a news release, the city of Newton says it apologizes for any inconvenience you encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
39-year-old Clarence Thomas Waycaster of Plymouth Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Waycaster was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11).
41-year-old John Thomas Mitchell of Old Cotton Drive in Statesville was arrested last Tuesday (July 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a fugitive warrant out of Florida. The charges against him are burglary and criminal mischief.
According to a news release issued on Friday (July 8), last Tuesday Iredell County Sheriff's Officers were dispatched to 129 Old Cotton Drive in reference to a reported domestic dispute. Upon arrival, deputies met with John Thomas Mitchell. Mitchell told officers that he got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend’s daughter and son.
Officers learned that Mitchell was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Florida. Mitchell was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. He was incarcerated under $30,000 secured bond. His next appearance is scheduled for District Court August 8.
45-year-old Cynthia Whisenant Byrd of Roselle Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Byrd was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11).
20-year-old Jordan Max Hunt of Silver Street in Claremont was arrested Friday (July 8) in Caldwell County on a charge from Catawba County. Hunt is charged with felony common law robbery. Following the arrest, Hunt was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $45,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11) in Lenoir.
43-year-old Landon Arthur Haynes was arrested Sunday (July 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Haynes was apprehended on Kirksey Drive and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11).
20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (July 10) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with first degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, simple assault, and possession of marijuana. Tucker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $63,400 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 11).
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is continuing it's operation entitled "Summer Campaign to Serve Warrants." According to a news release issued Friday (July 8) by the Sheriff's Office, since the campaign’s inception June 20, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office has arrested 100 individuals on 181 warrants. The news release also lists suspects recently arrested as part of the operation.
40-year-old Debra Ann Carrigan of 3rd Avenue SE in Hickory is charged with felony possession of cocaine. She was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Carrigan was scheduled to appear in court last Friday.
23-year-old Russell Monroe Dunn Jr. of College Place in Lenoir is charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Dunn was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court last Friday.
People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to www.tipsoft.com and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.
19-year-old Hillard Lee Holland of Bollinger Gap in Morganton was arrested July 1 by Burke County Sheriffs Officers. He's charged with first degree sexual exploitation of a minor and extortion.
According to information released on Friday (July 8), the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division and Special Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations received a report from the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children in reference to inappropriate images being uploaded from an IP address in Burke County.
An investigation was conducted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and SBI - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). According to a news release, during the investigation, the identity of the suspect was discovered to be Hillard Lee Holland. On July 1, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members and Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at 4072 Bollinger Gap in Morganton and Holland was taken into custody.
Following his arrest, Holland was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. A court date is set for July 26. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.
45-year-old Cynthia Whisenant Byrd of Roselle Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:45 yesterday afternoon (July 7) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
She was arrested after Loss Prevention Officers at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. saw Byrd in the self-checkout line. They watched as she scanned some items and then placed additional clothing items in a bag without paying for them.
Byrd stopped outside the store and escorted her back inside where she was held in the Loss Prevention office until Hickory Police arrived. She had previously been banned from the store.
Byrd was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $3,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
45-year-old Crystal Lynn Dellinger of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property.
According to a news release issued today (Friday, July 8), Dellinger and a second suspect who had not been apprehended have been charged in connection with the June 24 break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale.
The break-in through the back door of the business was discovered when employees reported for work on the morning of June 25. Detective Matt Burgess said approximately $202 in cash was stolen from the cash register at the business. Operating on tips and evidence at the scene led detectives to a former employee, Crystal Lynn Dellinger and another individual, 25-year-old Edward Roger McCraw of Pleasant Drive in Shelby. Dellinger was incarcerated in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 19. McCraw was still being sought by authorities.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of McCraw is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
25-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (July 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of failure to stop for a blue light or siren and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was re-arrested in connection to an incident on March 6 of this year when Officers attempted to stop a Jeep driven by Jones after it ran a stop sign. A brief chase ensued. On 8th Avenue S.E., the vehicle slowed as Jones and a passenger jumped from the vehicle and fled, on foot. The Jeep continued to roll, coming to a stop after striking a fence.
Officers apprehended Jones at the edge of a nearby wooded area. Jones had a baggie containing a white powder substance in his mouth, but Officers were able to recover the baggie. The substance was identified as 0.7 grams of Ecstasy (MDMA). Another baggie containing 1.4 grams of marijuana was found in his pants pocket.
The passenger was not located or identified.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today, with a Superior Court date coming up on Monday (July 11).
26-year-old Adam Grant Johnson of 6th Street Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 10:30 last night (July 7) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.
He was arrested after a 25-year-old female victim came to H.P.D. to report an assault. The alleged assault took place at the residence where Johnson and the victim live. The victim did not require medical assistance.
The Magistrate issued a warrant for Johnson’s arrest and he was taken into custody without incident at his residence. Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
34-year-old Danny Allen Lawrence, Jr. and 19-year-old Jeila Renee Dula-Ferguson, both of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory, along with 38-year-old Angelo Lamar Jackson of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory, were all arrested by Hickory Police last night (July 7) on a variety of drug charges. Lawrence was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances. Dula-Ferguson faces felony charges for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule a schedule VI controlled substance. Both were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Events leading to the arrests began when Officers on foot patrol at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on 1st Street S.E. saw a person they believed to banned from the property entering an apartment. As Officers went to the apartment to confirm that subject’s identification, they smelled marijuana. Five persons were present in the apartment. None of the five were the person who Officers initially suspected. The apartment is the residence of Lawrence and Dula-Ferguson.
In plain view in the apartment was a baggie containing 13.5 grams of marijuana and a plate with another 3.9 grams of loose marijuana. As Officers cleared the apartment, Jackson stood up, revealing another bag containing 1.1 grams of marijuana. In the couch cushion, they found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. A search of Jackson’s person turned up another three grams of marijuana, plus 3.2 grams of crack cocaine and 0.9 grams of powder cocaine.
In addition, a search of the apartment yielded 107 grams of marijuana, 1.6 grams of crack cocaine, 1.1 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 10:35 last night. The other two subjects present at the time were not charged. Lawrence and Jackson were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lawrence set at $15,000, secured, and bond for Jackson set at $5,000, secured. Dula-Ferguson was processed and released under a $3,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.
33-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of 32nd Street Lane N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (July 7) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury.
Martin was arrested in connection to an incident on June 19 when Police responded to a reported assault at a residence on Wandering Lane N.E. in Hickory. A suspect, described as a white male with short hair and a short beard, drove an A.T.V. through the victim’s yard. The victim, a 77-year-old Vietnam veteran, confronted the suspect. The suspect then allegedly assaulted the victim, breaking his jaw. The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory where his jaw was wired shut.
Information from the community led to the identification of Clarence Martin Hayes III as the suspect.
Hayes turned himself in Thursday at H.P.D. headquarters where he was processed and released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
52-year-old Mark Anthony Helms and 27-year-old Brittany Karen Helms, both of the same South College Avenue, Newton, address, were both arrested Thursday (July 7) by Newton Police Officers. They're each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Mark Helms is also charged with communicating threats. Following their arrests, both suspects were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Mark Helms' bond was set at $75,000 and Brittany Helms' bond was set at $9,999. They were both scheduled to appear in court today (Friday, July 8).
26-year-old Jacob Alexander Greene of Grace Hill Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Greene was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.