22-year-old Charles Zachery Coffey of White Pine Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (August 26) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen firearm. In addition, Coffey is charged with failing to appear in court to answer to traffic violations. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance on the felony charges was scheduled for today (Monday, August 29).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on suspects on the agency's Most Wanted List. There are two new names on the list, they were both added last week.
56-year-old Donnie Blaine Spence, also known as Donald or Lefty, is wanted on felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a firearm, and larceny after breaking and entering. Spence's last known address was 4465 Johnson Bridge Road, Lot 12, in Hickory.
26-year-old Jesse Joe Potter is wanted on felony counts of breaking and entering, financial card theft, and possession of stolen goods. He's also wanted on unspecified felony drug charges. Potter's last known address was 415 Bryant Road, Lot 11, in Drexel.
Spence and Potter were both added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List last Tuesday, August 23. You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail email@example.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
44-year-old Charles Lewis Abernethy of 11th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony larceny, habitual larceny, and three counts of felony probation violation. Abernethy was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 7.
Multiple departments responded to a fire at an apartment complex in Catawba County Sunday morning (August 28). According to various published reports, the fire started shortly before 6 a.m. inside a business that had been converted into several apartments on the 2300 Block of Mitchell Drive, south of Hickory.
At least four apartments were affected, displacing the residents. There were no injuries reported. One published report says that the structure is a total loss. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately four hours. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
A section of North Green Street in Morganton will be closed starting Wednesday (August 31), while contractors do some preliminary work to replace a section of waterline in the area.
The outside, southbound lane of North Green Street will be closed from the Minit Saver Market to just past the entrance to the Tractor Supply shopping center. One entrance to the Minit Saver Market will remain open for customers. The inside, southbound lane will remain open to traffic.
The preliminary work should be completed and the lane should be reopened by the weekend.
60-year-old Jimmy Lee Reid was stabbed early this morning (August 26) in an altercation in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 310 East “J” Street in Newton.
Newton Police were notified of the incident at 4:42 this morning. According to Police, the other party involved, 39-year-old David Dwaine Oakley, Jr. of Newton, said he was leaving his girlfriend’s apartment to go to work when Mr. Reid assaulted him with a broom handle. During the struggle, Mr. Oakley pulled out a pocketknife and Mr. Reid was stabbed. Mr. Oakley’s girlfriend is Mr. Reid’s ex-wife.
Mr. Reid then got into his vehicle and drove approximately 13 miles to a residence on Reid Taylor Road, not far from Lake Norman in southeastern Catawba County. According to published reports, Mr. Reid’s mother and her daughter were at the residence.
Catawba County E.M.S. was called and Mr. Reid was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Newton Police say Mr. Reid was conscious and communicative at the time. They say his injuries are serious, but are not believed to be life-threatening. No update on his condition is available.
The investigation is in its early stages. No charges had been filed as of this afternoon.
The actions taken by officers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and other agencies involved in a shooting that happened in Catawba County have been deemed justifiable by 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney David Learner.
The shooting took place on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at the end of a 40-mile chase out of Mecklenburg County that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of N.C. Highway 16 and Buffalo Shoals Road in southeastern Catawba County.
When CMPD officers tried to arrest the suspects, 29-year-old Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz pointed a firearm at them. Officers responded with the use of deadly force, hitting the suspect several times. Ulloa-Paz was transported to two different hospitals and survived the shooting.
DA Learner reviewed body camera footage from the officers involved in the shooting and reached the determination that they were totally justified in their use of deadly force to defend themselves.
Ulloa-Paz and another defendant in custody are suspected of their involvement in a number of violent crimes that occurred in Charlotte. Those matters remain under investigation.
27-year-old Ashley Mae Hicks of SW Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hicks' bond was set at $2,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 22.
33-year-old Chai Lor was arrested Thursday (August 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Lor was placed in jail in Morganton with bond set at $85,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 26).
24-year-old Roger Arron Oxendine of 20th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 25) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, along with single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Oxendine was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 26).
46-year-old Travis Christian Bryant of 21st Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bryant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond, a Superior Court date is set for October 31.
The staff of the Mountain View Recreation Center in Morganton will host an open house and community day at the center tomorrow (Saturday, August 27), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Visitors will be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks, music, and games which will include ping pong, corn hole, basketball, and inflatables!
In addition to the food, music, and games, the staff will present the Y.E.L.L. Program Award ceremony followed by a motivational speaker.
For more information, call Rakeem Rutherford, Mountain View Recreation Center Supervisor, at 828-438-5356, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28-year-old Joshua James Hampton of Icard Dairy Barn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 this morning (August 26) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen goods or property.
He was arrested after Police spotted a 2000 Dodge Neon with a stolen license plate in the parking lot at the Jack in the Box restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The vehicle was occupied by Joshua Hampton and a female, who was not charged.
As Hampton got out of the vehicle, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine fell to the ground. Hampton was taken into custody without incident.
He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today in Newton.
In a special meeting held Wednesday (August 24), Hickory City Council voted unanimously to approve two design service contracts with AMEC, Foster, Wheeler to design the Citywalk and two gateways.
The Citywalk and Gateways projects are part of the bond referendum that Hickory voters approved in 2014. The Citywalk is an urban greenway that will be developed along Main Avenue, from Lenoir-Rhyne University to Downtown Hickory, promoting connectivity and walkability within the city. Gateways mark the major entrances into the city with distinctive signage, landscaping, and sculptures or art. The design contract is specifically for two gateways; one at Highway 321 and Highway 70, and one at Highway 321 and Clement Boulevard.
The City solicited requests for qualifications and conducted a thorough interview process with multiple firms before selecting AMEC, Foster, Wheeler. AMEC is a full service engineering firm with significant landscape architecture focus, as well as gateway design and construction experience. They have successfully completed numerous comparable projects across the Southeast.
The total cost specified in the Citywalk design contract is $1,095,151, which includes the design fee, subsurface utility location, site visits and inspections, and various necessary permits and expenses. The total cost for design services and expenses for the two gateways is $32,956. Both of the contractual costs will be funded by the $40 million bond referendum.
Additionally, the Citywalk project is eligible for multiple grant programs, and has already been awarded $7,680,000 from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). These grant dollars will help offset the Citywalk’s construction costs.
The design for the Gateways will likely be completed by summer 2017, with the completed Citywalk design following in autumn 2017.
46-year-old Jonathan Scott Davis of Island Ford Road and 38-year-old Donald David Mesiemore of Hidden Valley Road, both from Statesville, were arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with four counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation of a rash of residential break-ins that occurred earlier this week. The break-ins were committed in the western part of Iredell County from Buffalo Shoals Road to the area of Taylorsville Highway. In all of the cases, suspects were entering unoccupied homes during daylight hours by forcing open doors. The items being stolen ranged from televisions and other electronics to jewelry and money.
Detectives spoke to witnesses who described seeing two white males in a suspicious small white Toyota car with damage to the rear bumper riding through the neighborhoods. Earlier in the week, Patrol Deputies stopped a suspicious white Toyota car in the early morning hours on Taylorsville Highway. The car was occupied by Jonathan Scott Davis and Donald David Mesiemore. During the traffic stop, Deputies observed a television and some other items in the back seat of the car, but at that time, the break-ins had not been reported.
Patrol Deputies believed when they stopped the suspects they were acting suspiciously, it appeared they were nervous. At the time of the stop, Deputies did not have any charges on the two subjects and documented their names and forwarded the information to the Detective Division. Detectives followed up on the information and began receiving more information regarding the cases.
On Wednesday (August 24), Detectives found Davis and Mesiemore at a residence at 2100 Island Ford Road along with the white Toyota car that was seen in the area of the break-ins. Detectives interviewed the two men and during the course of the investigation, some of the stolen property was found inside the residence. As a result, Detective Miller took out warrants on the two suspects.
Davis and Mesiemore were transported to the Iredell County Jail where bond was set for each suspect at $10,000.00 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, August 26). The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says that both men are repeat offenders and have histories of committing break-ins.
37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 last night on true bill of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, the delivery of meth, the sale of meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth. All the charges are felonies. Some of the warrants for Barrett’s arrest were issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.
At least some of the charges against Barrett stem from an incident on June 23 of this year as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s stayed in the vehicle for about 15 minutes. Officers observed the vehicle until it pulled away.
They stopped the Hyundai, which had an obstructed license tag, and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and a passenger as 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of Hickory. A search led to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.
Barrett and Patrick were both arrested and charged at that time. The suspects were not involved in the accident.
Barrett was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior and District Court were scheduled today.
24-year-old Tessa Lee Hinson and 43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, aka "Shorty", both of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton, were both arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Juarez was also served with an outstanding order for arrest.
The two suspects were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine. Detectives conducted a surveillance operation on a residence in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway.
During the operation, detectives saw what appeared to be the sale of some type of illegal drug at the residence. Narcotics detectives approached two women outside the home and seized methamphetamine from one of them.
The other female fled the area on foot and tried to hide under a blanket in a nearby mobile home under renovation. Once detectives found the woman they took her into custody for an outstanding order for arrest. With assistance from patrol deputies, detectives seized more methamphetamine from that woman.
According to detectives, a search was conducted of the home and a vehicle in the driveway. Officers seized more methamphetamine along with plastic baggies, cash, and drug paraphernalia. One of the women confessed to selling methamphetamine throughout the day and during the time detectives were watching the residence.
Hinson received a $15,000 secured bond, Juarez' bond was set at $15,500 secured.
Both suspects were scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Thursday August 25).
30-year-old Claire Marie Thompson of 17th Street Place N.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts each of conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance.
She was arrested on outstanding warrants issued on July 19 by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Thompson was taken into custody without incident at her residence at about 9:20 last night (August 24).
She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.
39-year-old Antwan Bartholomew Wyatt of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled Substance. He was also charged with one felony count of conspiring to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance.
The charges stem from a six-month-long narcotics investigation where detectives targeted crack cocaine sales in the Horseshoe Lake Road and Car Farm Road area. Detectives say Wyatt is the fifth person arrested for selling crack cocaine in that area of Lincoln County over the past three weeks.
Narcotics detectives used surveillance and undercover techniques to buy crack cocaine from several locations including the suspect’s home. Detectives say Wyatt sold various amounts of crack cocaine and conspired with another man in the home to sell the drug. The other subject has already been arrested for his involvement.
Wyatt's bond was set at $25,000 secured. His first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 25).
27-year-old Ethan Gilbert Fleenor of Brickyard Way in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and chop shop activity by theft or fraud. Fleenor was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.