47-year-old Tracy Lamont Phillips was arrested last Thursday (October 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers and charged with felony fail to notify change of address as a sex offender.
According to a news release issued today (Friday, October 14), on July 15 Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to verify an address on a registered sex offender, the suspect, Tracy Phillips. Deputy Price had been by the Wall Street residence when Phillips first registered in Iredell County and observed the house was boarded up and there was no power on at the residence. Deputy Price considered the possibility that Phillips might still be in the process of moving.
Over the next week Deputy Price went by the residence to try and locate Phillips, no one was ever located at the residence and it still appeared to be uninhabited. Deputy Price immediately began an investigation and learned Phillips had quit his job as well. Since Phillips was not living at his registered address and since no one had seen or heard from him Deputy Price charged him with Failure to notify change of address.
Last Thursday (October 6), Deputy Price was able to locate an acquaintance of Phillips and received information from her regarding the suspect's whereabouts. The acquaintance said that Phillips was homeless and was working at a different place. Deputy Price was able to make contact with Phillips by phone. The suspect later turned himself in to Deputy Price at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office without incident.
Phillips was released on $50,000 unsecured bond, he's schedueled to appear in District Court October 31.
28-year-old Jason Elvie Holloway of Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Holloway was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 31.
27-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Putnam Street in Morganton was arrested Thursday (October 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of heroin, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Ohmer was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.
22-year-old Justin Erwin-Jamal Mcneil of Cornflower Drive in Charlotte and 21-year-old Elijah Alexander Cordes of 2nd Avenue NE in Conover, were both arrested Thursday (October 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with trafficking in marijuana and conspire to traffic in marijuana. Mcneil is also charged on warrants from Mecklenburg County with second degree trespassing and resist, obstruct, and delaying a public officer. Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Mcneil under $101,000 bond, Cordes under $75,000 bond. They were both scheduled to make District Court appearances today (Friday, October 14).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday night (October 17) in regular session.
The board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments and consider the submission of a grant application to the NC Department of Transportation for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities. In addition, the board will consider entering into a contract with Attorney Mark D. Bardill to handle mortgage style foreclosures for delinquent real property taxes.
The Board will also consider approval of additional services from O’Brien Atkins for the design of the Jail Expansion Project in the amount of $203,010 for services not included in the original contract. This firm was awarded the contract for the basic design of the jail expansion in June 2016 and will now, upon Board approval, provide the design for programming, electronic security engineering, food/laundry service design, door hardware detention equipment, signage and cost consulting.
The Board will also receive and consider approval of the Fiscal Report and Settlement of 2015 taxes for Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, will be advised of budget transfers that have been approved by the County Manager, and consider approval of an application for a Governor’s Crime Commission Grant to create a new Family Justice Center. The goal of creating this center is to provide a long term solution for all victims of violence in the community.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 7:00 p.m at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a vehicle theft and vehicle break-ins that occurred on West Berkeley Road and Natalie Commons Drive in Denver during the early morning hours Wednesday (October 12).
A white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van was stolen from a residence in the 7600 block of West Berkeley Road in Denver. It is believed that the van was unlocked with the keys left inside. Another unlocked vehicle at that location was rummaged through but nothing was taken.
In addition, thieves attempted to break into a vehicle at 7700 West Berkeley Road, but the vehicle was locked. The vehicle sustained some slight damage to the exterior around the door. Two vehicles were entered at 7709 West Berkeley Road. Cash and a purse were stolen in that break-in.
A back pack from one of the vehicles was found in a neighbor’s yard. A window was broken in one vehicle but it’s believed that the damage occurred after the thieves entered the truck. Another break-in occurred at a residence in the 7600 block of Natalie Commons Drive. Stolen in that break-in were a change purse and blank checks.
Authorities believe the break-ins occurred between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. Residents are reminded to always lock your vehicles and do not leave valuables in plain sight. Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
Two brothers charged with the murder of a 78-year-old Long View man made their first appearances in Catawba County District Court on Thursday (October 13).
38-year-old Thomas Gregory Ball of Hickory, and 27-year-old Rodney Adam Ball of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, appeared before District Court Judge Wes W. Barkley in connection with the death of Benny Daniels. Both suspects face charges for murder and concealing or failing to report a death.
Judge Barkley appointed Ted Cummings as provisional defense counsel for the brothers. The suspects have a probable cause hearing set for November 3.
Daniels had been missing since October 8. His body was found in a shallow grave on his property on Wednesday, October 12, and the brothers were later arrested and charged in connection with the murder and concealment.
26-year-old Leanna Grace Perkins of Society Road in Statesville has been arrested on charges of felony attempted murder and felony discharging a firearm into occupied property.
Today (October 13), Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to shots-fired calls from two addresses on Society Road. Deputies arrived and spoke to Leanna Perkins, who told them that she had heard someone blowing the horn and when she looked outside, she saw a man in the car. She said she thought the man was going to get out of the car. She told Deputies she was in fear and fired a handgun in the direction of the car.
Deputies then went to another address on Society Road where 38-year-old Timothy Campbell was suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Medical personnel arrived and the victim was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Both residences were secured as the investigation continued. Detectives and Investigators spoke to multiple potential witnesses in the area. Investigators processed and collected evidence, including a handgun and spent shell casings.
The victim and suspect were acquainted as the result of a reported history of problems involving pets going on each other’s property. Campbell’s family members said that Campbell had gone to the suspect’s house to tell her that her cat was on his property and for her to get the cat before he let out his dogs.
Campbell reportedly never exited his vehicle and blew the horn in an attempt to get Perkins to come outside. Investigators say Perkins was the only person with a weapon. Perkins said that when Campbell moved as though he was going to open the car door, she fired at the vehicle. An unspecified number of rounds went through the door with at least one round striking the victim.
Perkins was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Friday (October 14).
32-year-old Ahmad Emmanuel Pinnix of 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 13) on felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
Pinnix was taken into custody without incident at the St. Stephens Mobile Home Park just after 3 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
49-year-old Michael Dewayne Izard of 29th Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (October 12) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was arrested on a warrant issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office two days earlier.
Izard was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Crystal Nichole Curtis of Shale Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (October 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin and probation violation. Curtis was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 31 on the heroin charge, no court date is listed for the probation violation charge.
Authorities in Alexander County are warning persons who have purchased kerosene from All-American Raceway at 6901 Millersville Road in Taylorsville to be aware that the substance is not kerosene, but is non-ethanol gasoline. Citizens should not use the fuel in kerosene heaters.
At three o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 12), Authorities determined that some Alexander County residents had purchased the non-ethanol gasoline, believing it to be kerosene. The mix-up reportedly occurred as All-American Raceway converted their kerosene pump to a non-ethanol gasoline pump. The fuel should not be used for heating purposes.
A press release issued by the Alexander Co. Fire Marshal states that the storeowner has been cooperative and has voluntarily placed the pump out-of-service until proper labeling is put in place.
The issue has been referred to the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture’s Division of Motor Fuels.
32-year-old Ryan Scott Sigmon was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Sigmon was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, October 14).
20-year-old Rodney Christopher Garland of Adam Street in Conover was arrested Wednesday (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and conspire to sell meth. Garland was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for today (Thursday, October 13).
Two brothers have been charged in connection with the death of a Long View man whose body was found in a shallow grave.
38-year-old Thomas Gregory Ball of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory and 27-year-old Rodney Adam Ball of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, were both arrested Wednesday (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with murder and concealing or failing to report a death. 31-year-old Tabitha Lynn Harrison, who was living with Thomas Ball, had previously been identified as a person of interest in the case. She was also arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of felony larceny and two counts of possession of stolen goods.
The body of 78-year-old Benny Daniels was found Wednesday in a shallow grave near his residence after authorities searched for him for more than a day. Mr. Daniels had last been seen on Saturday, October 8, near 18th Street N.W. in Long View. The victim lived below Thomas Ball and Tabitha Harrison. Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said there was evidence of a break-in at Mr. Daniels home.
Thomas and Rodney Ball are both being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, October 13). Harrison was jailed under a $30,000 bond. Her District Court dates are November 2 and November 22.
34-year-old Charlene Ann Dockery of Trout Pond Road in Claremont was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny. Dockery was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, October 13) under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 14).
According to a press release issued today (October 12) by Catawba County Schools, yesterday afternoon, Administrators were made aware of a Snapchat post that was shared in the Fred T. Foard High School feeder area. The post implied that an individual planned to cause harm at the school today.
Law enforcement was immediately made aware of the post and was on-site this morning to begin their investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.
The man charged with arson in connection to an August fire in Watauga County is now charged with additional offenses including murder.
30-year-old Benjamin Draughon Williford of Boone was initially arrested August 31 and charged with first degree arson in connection with a fire at Valle Landing on Highway 194 South in Sugar Grove. The additional charges are first degree murder, and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
On Friday, August 12, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 5:38 a.m. in reference to the fire at Valle Landing. Several agencies responded, when they arrived the structure was engulfed in flames and had already been completely destroyed by the fire. 25-year-old resident Macie Dove Pietrowickz was killed in the fire and other occupants were injured.
Williford is being held in jail without bond. He was given a probable cause court date of October 25.
The body of 78-year-old Benny Daniels has been found in a shallow grave. Mr. Daniels had last been seen on Saturday, October 8, near 18th Street N.W. in Long View. Thomas Ball and Rodney Ball, who are brothers, have been arrested on murder charges. It’s not clear at this time if Tabitha Harrison, another subject who had been described as a person of interest, will face charges. Tabitha Harrison and Thomas Ball rented from Mr. Daniels and lived below him.
Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said there was evidence of a break-in at Mr. Daniels home. Mr. Daniels' son said he thought he saw a third person on the property over the weekend. He described the person as a man with a teardrop tattoo coming down from an eye. It’s not clear if that person is Rodney Ball.
39-year-old Joseph Lee Rayburn of Persimmon Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He also faces one count for possession of stolen goods.
He was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Rayburn allegedly attempted to exit the store without paying for a number of items, including a Chevy-emblem front license plate, a tint film applicator kit, Mossy Oak floor mats and two 20-ounce soft drinks, all with a combined value of $56.
He was taken into custody without incident at the store. Rayburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and District Court were scheduled today in Newton.