A Caldwell County man was given minimum sentence of six years following his guilty plea to drug charges and admission as a habitual felon.
39-year-old Timothy Shawn Byrd of Granite Falls was sentenced to six to eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 7). He pleaded guilty to maintaining a dwelling to sell methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.
Byrd’s sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for breaking and entering in Caldwell County (November 1997), and obtaining property by false pretense in Caldwell County (October 2007 and July 2012).
Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received information that the defendant was selling methamphetamine out of his residence. A confidential informant made two supervised controlled purchases from Byrd, and a subsequent search of home resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and other items.
Deputy Adam Joseph led the investigation for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Andrew Jennings handled prosecution for the State.
40-year-old Joshua Duerr Pate of Lenoir pleaded guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and felony flee to elude arrest, and admitted his habitual felon status during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 7).
As a result of the guilty plea, the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Pate to serve an active prison term of six to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Pate’s habitual felon status enhanced his sentence. He previously was convicted of larceny in Watauga County (July 1996), second-degree burglary in Watauga County (March 2009) and common law robbery in Watauga County (July 2012).
A needle and two baggies of a crystalline substance were found in Pate’s pocket during a search by a Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office deputy on June 27, 2015. The North Carolina Crime Lab confirmed that substance to be methamphetamine.
On Sept. 4, 2016, the defendant was operating a motor vehicle with a fictitious license plate. When the deputy initiated a traffic stop, Pate accelerated to a high speed, drove left of center and swerved into the opposite lane before crashing. He fled the scene but was identified by a passenger in the vehicle as the driver.
Deputy C.L. Greene handled both cases for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee was the prosecutor for the State.
Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Timothy Allan Harmon. Warrants for his arrest have been issued on charges of first-degree arson and first-degree kidnapping.
Harmon is wanted in connection to an incident at about six o’clock this morning (March 9) in which Caldwell County Deputies, along with Fire & Rescue personnel from multiple agencies, responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex on Oak Tree Lane in Sawmills. Once the fire was contained, Fire Investigators determined that the fire was a result of arson.
Fire Investigators and Detectives were able to determine that the apartment complex was occupied at the time fire was set. A suspect, Timothy Allan Harmon, fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information regarding Harmon’s whereabouts should call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-757-1400 or call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous.
36-year-old James Kelly Lynch of 4th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation on a warrant issued on February 8 in Henderson County.
Lynch was taken into custody without incident on the 1700 block of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond on the drug charge and a $25,000 secured bond for the probation violation. A District Court date was set for April 5 in Newton.
Lynch also faces felony charges for the sale of heroin and conspiracy to sell heroin. He’ll appear in Superior Court on March 20 on those charges.
26-year-old Tyler Akeem Ferguson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night on two counts of failure to appear, one felony and one misdemeanor. He also faces charges for breaking & entering, plus an additional count of failure to appear for driving while license revoked.
The charges come in connection to an incident on January 23 of this year when Officers responded to a residence on 2nd Street Place N.E. where damage to property was reported. Upon arrival, Officers leaned the residence had been broken into and multiple items were taken. On January 26, some of the items, including a PlayStation console and controller, were located at a local pawnshop. Ferguson was initially arrested on January 27.
Ferguson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for March 15 and April 27 in Newton.
25-year-old Jordon Adam Shook of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested today (Thursday, March 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shook was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 10).
37-year-old Christopher Allen Bost of St. James Church Road in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with receiving stolen goods, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and injury to real property. Bost was jailed this morning (Thursday, March 9) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today.
Firefighters responded to an apartment fire this morning (Thursday, March 9) in southern Caldwell County. The fire burned the Oak Tree Apartments on Oak Tree Lane off Sawmills School Road, near Highway 321-A. According to published reports, firefighters responded at approximately 6 a.m. today, when they arrived they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure. No injuries have been reported in the fire.
26-year-old Casey Everett Pruitt of 15th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Pruitt was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 9).
25-year-old Jasmin Marie Andrews of Willis Road in Vale was arrested Wednesday (March 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Andrews was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 9).
43-year-old Maria Victoria Sanchez of Tarrington Drive in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (March 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
According to a news release issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Officers, the teacher’s assistant and bus driver with the Iredell Statesville Schools is charged in connection to an incident that occurred Wednesday morning in eastern Iredell County. Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the Bell Farm Road area.
The caller reported to Deputies that an unknown child had knocked on their door and was saying the school bus driver had forced him to get off the bus for misbehaving. The child asked the caller if they could call his mother to come get him. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the home where they located the child, who was turned over to family members.
It was learned from the Sheriff’s Office investigation that the child had gotten on the bus and was on his way to school. At some point during the bus ride on Bell Farm Road, the bus driver made the child get off the bus on Skyland Drive, which is off Bell Farm Road. The child then walked to the nearest house and asked the resident to call his mother. The 12-year-old child is a student at East Iredell Middle School.
Sanchez was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $2,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
30-year-old Deveion Eugene Johnson of Hickory will spend at least three years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 7).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Johnson to an active prison term of three to six years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Johnson pleaded guilty to felony breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods, along with other related felonies.
Officers with Hickory Police Department responded to Precision Sports, LLC in southern Caldwell County around 4 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2015, for a security alarm check. Surveillance videos from the business showed a break-in at the business with numerous guns stolen.
A tip from Charlotte led to an examination of cellular communications between Johnson and two other individuals by HPD Forensic Analyst Matt Rogers. Rogers’ analysis led to the recovery of some of the guns, identified by the business owners as those stolen. A handgun from Precision Sports was recovered from Johnson’s home.
Jeff Pruett and John Patterson led the investigation for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
23-year-old Stephen William Hubner of Lenoir, was sentenced to serve nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of trafficking heroin by possession during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (March 6).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed a sentence of 70 to 93 months in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections for Hubner. The defendant also was assessed a mandatory $50,000 fine.
A confidential source provided information to officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s that Hubner would sell heroin to them. Officers arranged to meet Hubner and purchase heroin from him on two occasions. An additional quantity of heroin was seized from Hubner upon his arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings noted that the investigators’ work in this case will lead to charges against other people.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir Police Department and Burke County Narcotics Task Force investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Jennings.
39-year-old Jackie Eugenia Byrd and 43-year-old Shea David Byrd, both of Grandin Road in Lenoir’s Kings Creek community, have been arrested by Officers with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit for suspicion of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. Both were charged with felony trafficking. Jackie Byrd was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Yesterday (March 7), Agents searched the residence and seized meth from different locations on the premises. About a pound-and-a-half of crystal methamphetamine, over $2,000 in cash and a pistol were seized. The meth has an estimated street value of more than $120,000. The Byrds are facing mandatory prison time if convicted.
Both suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured bond. Jackie Byrd was also given a $1,500 secured bond on the resisting charge. The Byrds will make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir. Jackie Byrd has an additional court date on May 1.
The District Attorney has requested an investigation into allegations involving two prosecutors that were detailed in an Associated Press article. 25th Prosecutorial District D.A. David Learner issued the following statement to WHKY: "On Monday, March 6 the Associated Press released a story containing allegations against two Assistant District Attorney's employed by me in the 25th Judicial District. On Tuesday, March 7, I requested that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the Associated Press allegations."
The AP article says at least a half-dozen times over a period of twenty years, authorities investigated reports that members of the Word of Faith Church were being beaten. The report says according to former congregants, the orders came down from church leaders to lie to protect the sect. According to the AP report, Frank Webster and Chris Back, assistant District Attorneys in the 25th District were ministers with the church. They allegedly provided legal advice, helped at strategy sessions and participated in a mock trial for four congregants charged with harassing a former member.
The Rosales Kwik Stop store at 2614 North Center Street was robbed late last night or early this morning. Just before one o’clock this morning (March 7), Officers responded to an alarm that was reported by a passerby.
A glass door in front of store was busted out. An unknown amount of cigarettes and cigarillos were taken. An estimate of property loss is pending inventory.
The suspect is a black male in his mid-to-late 30s. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, blue jeans and gray tennis shoes.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
The man and woman involved in a Catawba County shooting incident have been identified. The incident occurred yesterday (March 7) at a home on Topaz Drive in Maiden.
Angela Smith Tremble was killed in the shooting. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Ms. Tremble's boyfriend, Jeffrey Dwayne Hoppes, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. Hoppes is currently at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he is listed in critical condition. He is a suspect in Ms. Tremble’s death. Her cause of death will be determined, pending an autopsy.
Published reports say that the Sheriff's Office initially received three different 9-1-1 calls with different versions of what happened at the home. A SWAT team was sent to the home in anticipation of a hostage situation. A rifle was reportedly recovered from inside the home.
As of this afternoon, no charges had been filed. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut will speak with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid this afternoon. She'll have a report on the incident on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00.
27-year-old Daniel James Coffey of Lower Cedar Valley Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 9).
37-year-old Chastity Marie Hicks of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (March 7) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
She was arrested in connection to a possible larceny at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. On February 27, another subject, Robin Piedlow, had concealed clothing items, including swimsuits, and exited the store. The following day, Chastity Hicks returned some of the previously stolen merchandise and was given credit on a store gift card.
Warrants were taken out for both Piedlow and Hicks. Piedlow's warrant for habitual larceny is outstanding at this time.
Hicks was taken into custody without incident at the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today.
The Catawba County Youth Council is accepting Requests for Funding Proposals (RFPs) that are targeted to address the identified impact areas of health, education and income as they relate to the needs and well-being of children and youth in the community. Youth Council RFPs will only be accepted for programs identifiable under these impact areas that specifically address the needs of children and youth in Catawba County.
RFPs will be considered by the Catawba County Youth Council from organizations in Catawba County that are either incorporated as not-for-profit, tax exempt entities or those thtat have 501-C3 legal status. They must comply with applicable legal, federal, state and local operating and reporting requirements.
Monies available for program funding are raised solely by youth groups and/or individuals in Catawba County through the Catawba County United Way’s annual community campaign.
Applications are available on the web at ccunitedway.com/news or contact Sylvia Long at 828-327-6851 or email@example.com. Youth Council RFP applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 28.