38-year-old Rex Leroy Locke of Carolwoods Drive in Mooresville was arrested Friday (April 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of the sale of schedule II controlled substance, delivery of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Locke was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $95,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 30).
25-year-old Brendan Marshall Withers of Main Avenue East in Hildebran, was taken into custody this morning at Grace Hospital in Morganton.
Withers is the suspect in a shooting and kidnapping that occurred in Hickory and moved to Caldwell County Friday night (April 27). (Details in story posted here at whky.com prior to this one.)
Investigators had received information that Withers was going to go to a hospital for treatment and had notified all area law enforcement to be on the lookout. Burke County officers took Withers into custody at Grace Hospital in Morganton this morning and notified Caldwell officers.
After being treated and released at Grace, Withers was taken to Caldwell County where he was served with warrants for the following:
Three counts of first degree kidnapping Bond: $250,000 (Hickory PD warrants) One count of attempted murder: Bond: $150,000.
Withers was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center. The victim from last night’s incident was last reported to be in stable condition at an area trauma center. The investigation is continuing.
A suspect is being sought in a Friday (April 27) shooting and kidnapping. According to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Caldwell County Sheriff's deputies, Caldwell County Emergency Services, and Sawmills Fire and Rescue were dispatched to a report of a fight in progress with shots fired in the 5200 block of Cannon Drive off of Dry Ponds Road in the Sawmills Community of Southern Caldwell County. Responding officers were advised of a single victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds who was still on scene.
The shooting victim was found and treated by EMS. He was then transferred to MedCenter Air for transport to an area trauma center. His current condition was unknown. Reports from witnesses in the area say that the suspect, a white male, wearing a dark colored hoodie and a gray sweatshirt ran on foot into a wooded area off Cannon Drive. A search was immediately initiated for the suspect and notification made to residents in the area, however, the suspect was not located.
Further investigation revealed that three people, including the shooting victim, were kidnapped from a business in the city limits of Hickory and transported to Caldwell County where the shooting occurred. Aside from the shooting victim, the other two were unharmed. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.
Warrants have been obtained in this case. 25-year-old Brendan Marshall Withers is wanted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office for attempted murder. Withers is wanted by Hickory Police Department for three counts of first degree kidnapping, and felony discharging a firearm to incite fear. Withers is showing several different addresses in different counties.
If you know where to find Withers call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324 or Lenoir/Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or Hickory Police Department, 828-328-5551 or you can call 911. Residents are encouraged not to approach Withers, and he should be considered armed and dangerous. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
40-year-old Omar Garcia Salinas, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (April 26) for a felony probation violation. Salinas was taken into custody without incident at a City of Hickory office on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.
28-year-old Austin Skyler Fanis of Cajah Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (April 26) one felony count of possession of cocaine, plus misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.
He was arrested following a traffic stop on South Center Street. Officers found 0.4 grams of cocaine.
Fanis was taken into custody without incident at 12:19 a.m. Thursday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.
28-year-old Brooke Nicole Little of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police in the early morning hours yesterday (April 26) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Little was taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday at an address on South Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.
Hickory Police have made two arrests this week connected to the April 8 homicide of 20-year-old Antonio Knoshjun Watts of Claremont, who died during a shooting incident outside The Vault Bar & Lounge in the 200 Block of 1st Avenue NW.
The first arrest was made Tuesday (April 24). 21-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. The second arrest was made on Wednesday (April 25). 24-year-old Keon Rashan Scott of 4th Street Drive NE in Hickory was charged with possession of a firearm by felon and probation violation. WHKY reported on both of these arrests earlier this week.
Hickory Police anticipate additional suspects to be charged in this case. The investigation is continuing and HPD asks anyone who may have information regarding the shooting incident please contact Inv. C. De Los Santos at 828-261-2621 or email@example.com.
Authorities are looking for two suspects in connection to the stabbing death of a woman in Iredell County. On Thursday (April 26) Deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to Iredell Memorial Hospital regarding a reported stabbing. Once at the Hospital they found 20-year-old Christina Leigh Inman, who had been stabbed and was in critical condition. Deputies learned the incident happened on Wagon Trail Lane in Statesville. Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene while others continued to gather information at the hospital.
According to information gathered during the investigation, the suspects, 20-year-old Dakoda Michael Drake and 20-year-old Brenda Kaylee Gabrielle Evey, went to the address on Wagon Trail Lane where the victim, Inman, was with her boyfriend. A news release says Drake and Evey were there to settle a debt for a narcotics deal that occurred several months prior. An argument ensued between Evey and Inman. The statements indicate that Evey stabbed Christina Inman multiple times during the altercation. After the altercation indications are that Evey and Drake assisted in transporting the victim to the hospital in a personal vehicle.
Ms. Inman was treated at Iredell Memorial and then transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for emergency surgery. She passed away as a result of the stab wounds. Evidence indicates that after the victim was taken to the hospital Drake and Evey fled the state, they were last known to be in Tennessee. The suspects were last seen driving a blue 2005 Subaru Legacy with a North Carolina license plate reading VE-62740.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Evey for murder and Drake for accessory after the fact to a felony. If anyone sees or has contact with the suspects, contact the Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340 or the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 878-3180.
The St. Stephens Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire this morning (April 27) on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. One person died in the fire.
Firefighters responded at 6 a.m. today and had the fire under control about 15-to-20 minutes later. A male family member was injured as he attempted to rescue the victim. He was treated by E.M.S. personnel. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
Authorities have not released the identity of the person who was killed.
Fire Department personnel were still on the scene as of ten o’clock this morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage estimates are pending.
48-year-old Ira Vernard Wilson of Gastonia was arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers yesterday (April 26) on two felony counts each of trafficking cocaine by possession and trafficking cocaine by transport. He was also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
The arrest came during a traffic stop on the Gastonia Highway near U.S. Highway 321. According to Detectives, Wilson was a passenger of a vehicle that was stopped for a stop sign violation. When Detectives approached the vehicle, they noticed that the passenger was extremely nervous and was sweating profusely. Wilson vomited and said it happened because he was nervous.
The driver gave consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Detectives seized nearly 34 grams of powder cocaine and more than $1,600 in cash. The cocaine seized has a street value of $1,500 to $3,500, depending on how it’s sold.
Wilson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 27).
41-year-old Billy Clay Everhart of Everhart Court in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of methamphetamine, felony probation violation, and second degree trespassing. Everhart was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $32,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is June 25.
34-year-old Douglas Truman McCarver of Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (April 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, single felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. WHKY first reported on McCarver's arrest Thursday (April 26).
In the beginning of March 2018, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and also a larceny that occurred in the Rhodhiss area in eastern Burke County. Additional reports were received in subsequent weeks. Evidence collected at the scene led to Douglas Truman McCarver being named as a suspect.
Warrants were obtained for McCarver and he was taken into custody Wednesday. Following his arrest, an interview with McCarver led to authorities learning about multiple unreported crimes, those incidents are now being investigated. McCarver was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $53,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (April 27). A District Court appearance was scheduled today. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected in this case.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Lenoir, 81-year-old Cecil Rector Hayes. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Mr. Hayes, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
He is described as a white male, 5'9" tall, weighing 140 pounds. He has short gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. Mr. Hayes was last seen at 801 Beverly Circle in Lenoir.
Mr. Hayes' vehicle is a white 2013 Toyota Camry with North Carolina license number ECL-3099. That vehicle was found at the Yadkin Shore public area on Highway 601.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Cecil Rector Hayes should call Sgt. Chris Bumgarner at the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
26-year-old Cory Austin Barrett of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Thursday (April 27) in Caldwell County by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation out of county. Barrett was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 14.
31-year-old Adrian Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felonious restraint, along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and interfere with emergency communication. Munoz was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 27).
A part-time employee of the District Attorney’s Office has been charged with felony larceny in connection to an incident from 1985. District Attorney David Learner issued the following statement in a news release today (April 26):
On Tuesday evening (April 24, 2018), I became aware that there was a Felony Larceny warrant from 1985 that is pending on Bobby Lee Powell, 75 years of age.
My understanding is that the charges arose during the time that Mr. Powell separated from his first wife. Mr. Powell has been instructed to voluntarily turn himself in and be served with this warrant that has been unserved for 32 years.
Mr. Powell is employed on a part-time basis (15 hours per week) in the District Attorney’s Office for Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. His job duties include assisting investigators for the District Attorney’s Office to locate crime victims and other witnesses. Mr. Powell has been employed with the District Attorney’s Office since Jan. 1, 2015, and his job performance for the State of North Carolina has been excellent.
On Wednesday morning (April 25, 2018), I contacted the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and requested an Assistant District Attorney from a different Prosecutorial District handle every aspect of this matter in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest. This was done pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 7A-64. David F. Hoke, Assistant Director of the AOC, approved the temporary assignment of an Assistant District Attorney from Prosecutorial District 22A (Iredell and Alexander counties) to handle this case.
Mr. Powell has been suspended without pay until this matter is resolved.
This warrant never came up during the administration of three prior District Attorneys (Bob Thomas, David Flaherty and Jay Gaither) or during the administration of former Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman.
The warrant has been dormant for more than three decades, even though Mr. Powell has lived in Catawba and Burke counties all of his life and could be readily located. He worked at the management level for many years with some of the most prominent textile industries in this area and was an exemplary employee.
The elected Sheriff of Catawba County, Coy Reid, personally called Mr. Powell and demanded he turn himself in on this warrant. I question the timing of the service of this warrant, and I believe that this is a clear political ploy.
(News release from District Attorney’s Office)
At about 10 a.m. on April 23, Investigators with the Burke Co. Sheriff Office responded to an address on U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs. Officers there assisted the N.C. Dept. of Probation as they searched a large structure, which is the residence of a male subject who is currently on probation.
Officers served outstanding warrants on five people who were found in the residence. Following the arrests, the suspects were initially taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where they appeared before the Magistrate. The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety assisted in the arrests.
Those arrested are:
21-year-old Richard Anderson Burnette of Old N.C. 18 in Morganton faces charges from Caldwell County for felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and shoplifting with concealment of goods. He was given a $2,000 secured bond with a court date in Lenoir set for July 23.
49-year-old James Robert Moretz, Jr. of U.S. Highway 70 East in Hildebran faces one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. He was also arrested on a child support warrant. Moretz was given a $750 cash bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (April 26).
24-year-old Amber Nicole Gregory of Hickory was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $3,000, secured. Gregory was scheduled to appear in court yesterday.
30-year-old Helen Amanda Branch of Old N.C. 10 in Hickory faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Branch's bond was set at $5,000, secured. She was scheduled to appear in court yesterday.
29-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Her bond was set at $10,000, secured. Robinson was due in court yesterday.
31-year-old Mark Arnold Pinkerton of Meadville, Pennsylvania, was arrested Tuesday (April 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with murder. The charge is in connection to the shooting death of 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose, whose body was found in his home on Shiloh Road near Statesville on January 10, 2017.
A recent interview led detectives to develop a witness who gave a statement about Pinkerton asking them to assist him in carrying out a robbery of the victim, Hugh Moose. The witness declined to take part in the robbery. Based on this information, detectives conducted a nationwide search and found Pinkerton in Pennsylvania. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office detectives reached out to deputies in Crawford County Pennsylvania, where it was believed the suspect was living.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office detectives traveled to Meadville, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, and with the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, located Pinkerton. He was interviewed by Iredell County detectives and, according to a news release issued today (April 26), eventually confessed to causing the death of Hugh Moose. Based on further information from Pinkerton, the suspected murder weapon used was recovered and will be submitted for laboratory testing.
Pinkerton was placed in jail in Crawford County under no bond. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office will seek an Extradition Order to have Pinkerton brought back to North Carolina to stand trial. No court date was listed for Pinkerton.
47-year-old Keener Monroe Lackey of Hildebran Mountain Avenue in Connelly Springs and 30-year-old Jamie Charisse Kurczi of Liberty Church Road in Hickory were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Lackey is charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine and Kurczi is charged with four counts of misdemeanor probation violation.
On Tuesday (April 24), Officers with the Burke County Sheriff's Office responded to assist NC Probation Officers at a motel on Highway 70 East in Hildebran. Jamie Charisse Kurczi was located and arrested on outstanding warrants. Keener Monroe Lackey was charged with the meth trafficking count.
Both suspects were transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Lackey's bond was set at $30,000 secured, Kurczi was given a $12,000 secured bond. Lackey was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (April 25), his next District Court date is May 16. Kurczi is scheduled to appear in District Court May 21.
24-year-old Douglas Truman McCarver was arrested Wednesday by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering to automobiles, boats, aircraft or watercraft, single felony counts of larceny of a firearm from an automobile, and possession of stolen goods, and single misdemeanor counts of larceny by trick and possession of stolen goods.
McCarver was arrested at an address on Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday (April 25). He was placed in jail in Morganton under $53,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (April 27).