Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers is seeking assistance in solving a pair of recent crimes in Caldwell County.
The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a break-in with larceny that occurred the morning of Monday, September 26, at 430 NW Woodsway Lane, a residence located beside Smith Memorial Church. The residence, which serves as the church parsonage, had been entered and numerous sound and electronic equipment along with other items had been removed from inside of the residence.
On August 30, a resident on Baton Church Road reported that his outbuilding and storage trailer were broken into. Once inside, the suspect or suspects stole numerous tools and also a set of Harley Davidson motorcycle wheels.
Anyone with information relating to these or any other crime is asked to contact Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100. Tips to Crime Stoppers could result in a cash reward if information leads to an arrest.
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, a local anti-bullying group called Stand UP Speak OUT hosted "An Evening with Jane Clementi" last night at the Crowne Plaza in Hickory.
Ms. Clementi is the mother of Tyler Clementi and co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which is dedicated to ending online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Tyler Clementi took his own life as the result of bullying.
In addition to Ms. Clementi’s remarks, the event featured a special musical performance by Carri Isenhour, who sang a song – “Keep Your Head Up" – that she also wrote. Ms. Isenhour is a 14-year-old freshman at South Caldwell High School. Local entrepreneur, author and activist, Mitchell Gold, introduced the keynote speaker.
The event was sponsored by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and the Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Bullying Prevention Month will continue as the group, One Voice, takes their Anti-Bullying Tour to Hickory's Oktoberfest. One Voice will perform on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. On Monday, October 10, One Voice will begin their in-school performances at ten schools throughout the Catawba Valley.
For more information, email email@example.com.
51-year-old Kenneth Otto Jones of 26th Street in Hickory and 56-year-old Michael Ray Klaus of Ladybug Lane in Vale were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. today (October 4). They were each charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Jones was also charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Klaus faces an additional felony count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
Few details are available, but seven ounces of methamphetamine was seized at the time of the arrests and a 2000 Chevy Camaro was impounded. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.
Both men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Jones was set at $300,000, secured, while Klaus was given a $150,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
Early this morning (Tuesday, October 4) a report was filed with the Lincolnton Police Department in reference to Carla Jean Wilson being a missing person. The report was filed by a relative. Wilson was last seen on Thursday, September 29 at approximately 12 p.m. on the 900 block of East Pine Street in Lincolnton. Wilson is a black female, age 45, 5’06”, 200 pounds, black hair, black eyes.
Wilson has been known to be in the area of East Pine Street as well as the Buffalo Shoals Road areas of Lincolnton. Wilson is entered nationwide as missing in the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database. Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts or status of Carla Wilson is asked to call the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909.
24-year-old Christopher Coty Richardson of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (October 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of speeding to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. Following the arrest, Richardson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 4).
47-year-old Tina Metcalf Sain of 28th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10:30 last night (October 3). She was arrested for felony failure to appear on a charge of conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Sain was also charged with a felony probation violation. The original narcotics case leading to Sain’s arrest dates back to 2012.
Sain was taken into custody without incident last night at Hickory Police headquarters. She was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $50,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for November 7.
The body of a woman was found inside a vehicle behind a Burke County business on Monday (October 3). According to published reports, Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant said an employee at P & J Home Furnishings on Highway 70, found the body in a car that was parked behind the business.
The reports say the body was that of a 62-year-old woman who had been reported missing Sunday evening (October 2) by family members. An autopsy will be performed on the woman's body, there are no signs of foul play at this time. The woman's name has not been released.
18-year-old Jeffery Robert Yow of Mckinnon Avenue in Concord was arrested Monday (October 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on grand jury indictments with two counts apiece of break or enter a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Yow was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 4).
At about 12:35 this afternoon (October 3), Granite Falls Police responded to a robbery in progress at the First Citizens Bank at 45 Falls Avenue.
Upon arrival, Officers learned that the suspect is a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing shorts, a purple sweatshirt, a red or orange baseball-style hat and sunglasses.
The suspect entered and exited the bank’s front door. After demanding money, the suspect left the bank and was last seen running toward Al’s Diner, east on Falls Avenue. Investigators believe the suspect left the area in a vehicle.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir Police and the N.C. Highway Patrol are all involved in the investigation, in addition to Granite Falls Police.
Anyone with information should Granite Falls Police Detective Clint Ferguson at 828-396-3358 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 24-year-old Hannah Christine Lanning of Wallace Lane in Denver.
Relatives say Ms. Lanning was last seen on September 22 by her bondsman in Lincolnton. She is described as a white female with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5’1” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. Her name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person.
Anyone with information the whereabouts of Hannah Christine Lanning should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
39-year-old David Randal Lackey of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. Following the arrest, Lackey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
58-year-old Malcolm Eugene Harrison of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Harrison was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
49-year-old Bryan Keith Simmons of Enoree, South Carolina, was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the purpose of keeping controlled substances, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Last Wednesday (September 28) at approximately 12 noon, officers from the Lenoir Police Department with members of the US Marshal Service Violent Offender Task Force located Bryan Keith Simmons. Simmons was wanted on a Felony Fugitive Extradition warrant from Spartanburg, South Carolina for the charge of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine or Cocaine. Simmons was found in a room at the Red Carpet Inn on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir.
When Simmons was arrested the officers noticed a large number of hypodermic needles, scales, and a firearm lying inside his room. A search warrant was applied for and obtained to search the room. When the room was searched officers found 884.2 grams of Methamphetamine which had a street value of $132,630. They found five firearms, one of which had been reported stolen from Union County, South Carolina. They also found $3,957 in US currency, and several items of drug paraphernalia.
Simmons was arrested and served the Felony Fugitive Extradition warrant. He received a $500,000.00 secured bond and his initial court date was scheduled for last Thursday (September 29).
Last Friday (September 30), Officers with the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit obtained warrants for Simmons arrest. These warrants stemmed from the search of the motel room. That search resulted in the drug charges being filed against Simmons. Bond on those charges was set at two-million dollars. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, October 3).
57-year-old Macky Lee Hush of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 Saturday afternoon (October 1) on one count of failure to appear in court on a felony.
Hush was taken into custody without incident on Highway 127 South on an order for arrest issued in May of this year. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.
Hush was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A Superior Court date was set for November 7 in Newton.
29-year-old Jeramie Hawthorne of Hicks Road in Greenville, N.C. has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax) and driving while license are revoked. Hawthorne faces a number of charges from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
At 7:55 a.m. today (October 3), a Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy was directing school traffic at Iron Station Elementary School when a suspect vehicle that had previously been involved in a hit & run on Highway 150, east of Lincolnton, approached the school. The driver apparently saw the patrol car’s flashing blue lights and turned left into the school parking lot. The vehicle then traveled through a grassy area and back onto Highway 27, eastbound.
The Deputy pursued the vehicle east on Highway 27 into Gaston County where the suspect wrecked near Black Snake Road and Highway 27 in Stanley. Cesena and a Gaston County Officer took the suspect into custody after he crashed into a tree, but continued his attempt to escape.
At last report, Hawthorne was being taken before a Magistrate. As of noon today, no information was available regarding a bond amount or a court date. No photo has been released.
30-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of 6th Avenue N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 3) on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was taken into custody without incident at 4:12 a.m. today on the 2300 block of Highway 70 S.E., in the vicinity of West End BBQ. Pless was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
52-year-old Arthur Lee Robinson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 yesterday morning (October 2) on one felony count of murder.
Events leading to the arrest began at about 2:50 a.m. yesterday when Officers were called to a civil disturbance at Robinson’s residence, which he shared with 63-year-old Kester Lee Hewitt. Hewitt made the initial call to Police. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Hewitt, who was not injured. They were unable to locate Robinson.
At about 4:45 a.m., Police were called back to another disturbance at the residence. They arrived to find Hewitt inside the residence, deceased as the result of an apparent stab wound. Robinson was found outside the residence where he was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
21-year-old Sayvon Richardson of Charlotte was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 21 felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of misdemeanor larceny, two counts of felony larceny, and one count of felony attempted larceny. Richardson is one of three suspects wanted in connection with several vehicle break-ins in southern Iredell County.
On September 3 Detectives with the Iredell County Criminal Investigation Division began the investigation into the vehicle break-ins. As in other incidents the suspects appeared to be going to a neighborhoods and searching for unlocked vehicles. In one incident the suspects were observed on a home surveillance system.
Detectives spoke with victims and sought out potential witnesses. During the course of the investigation it was determined that three suspects were possibly connected to similar crimes in other jurisdictions and that they were armed at the time the break in’s occurred.
The three suspects were identified after Detectives tracked a stolen card to a location in Charlotte where it was used to make purchases. With the video in hand calls from the public soon came in leading to the three suspects being identified.
As the investigation continued a search warrant was executed at the home of one of the suspects where a large amount of stolen property was recovered.
Warrants were issued for all three suspects and one of the suspects, Sayvon Richardson, was quickly located, arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed on a $100,000 dollar secured bond. A District Court date for Richardson is set for October 10. Warrants are still outstanding for 16-year-old Doral Mcham and 19-year-old Derico Misenhaimer, both of Charlotte.
35-year-old Misty Street Teague was arrested Saturday (October 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Teague was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 31.
The North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a warning to citizens regarding a utility scam that has already affected residents of the Tar Heel State.
According to a news release issued last week by NCDOJ, in this scam, crooks pretend to represent an electric or gas utility company. They threaten to cut off your utility service unless allegedly overdue bills are paid immediately. They’ve been calling individuals and businesses across North Carolina.
According to the news release, the scammers are taking extra steps to convince you that their call is legitimate by manipulating Caller ID (to make it look like they really are calling from Duke Energy), by transferring you to speak to a “supervisor” during the call, and even by playing music for you while you’re on hold.
Victims are sometimes instructed to send their payment by wire. But increasingly they’re told to deposit money into a specific account, or to put funds on a prepaid debit card or gift card and then call back to provide the card number.
The good news is, most people are seeing through this scam thus far, however, some have not. An eastern North Carolina homeowner lost more than $500 recently while a Charlotte resident lost almost $2,000, both via gift cards. A small business in the Triangle area sent more than $1,000 by wire, and another lost $2,200 via prepaid cards.
If you get a call threatening to cut off your power if you don’t pay: Don’t send or transfer any money to the callers.
If you believe you may really owe money on your utility bill, hang up and call your utility directly, using a phone number from a recent bill or the company’s website.
Remember that real utility companies won’t use these methods to try to collect overdue accounts or cut off your service on such short notice.
If you believe you’ve fallen for a utility cut-off scam, call the NCDOJ office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free in NC or file a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.