53-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from South Carolina. Following the arrest, Odom was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 26).
33-year-old Andrea Lasha Polk of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Polk was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (June 26).
48-year-old Randy Allen McDonald of Boulder Street in Claremont was arrested Saturday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. McDonald is also charged on a bill of indictment with reckless driving to endanger. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers raided a mobile home on Morning Drive in Catawba today (June 23) and seized approximately a kilo of cocaine, half a pound of marijuana, two firearms and about $8,000 in cash. No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
27-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter was arrested today (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with two felony counts of sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance along with single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Carpenter was arrested at 9:15 a.m. today and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $27,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
36-year-old Megan Elizabeth Campos was arrested today (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Campos was arrested at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Campos was placed in jail under $40,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
Lincolnton Police are again asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Justin Shoemake, who was reported as a runaway on Friday, June 16.
Shoemake was last seen running towards the railroad tracks near the Lincoln Co. Department of Social Services on East Main Street in Lincolnton. He was wearing a blue & white tee shirt and blue jeans. He was carrying a bright green backpack.
Justin Shoemake is a white male with green eyes and blonde hair. He is five feet tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding Shoemake’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Sergeant Dennis Harris at 704-736-8900.
Three more suspected mid-level drug dealers who were being sought in a large drug operation have been arrested. Two of the suspects are from Burke County.
29-year-old Anthony Jarrett Burgess of South Sterling Street in Morganton and 26-year-old James Qualane Burgess of Roper St. in Morganton were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
According to the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into this drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock, of Newton, conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin.
On April 18, authorities began rounding up the main suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics. Seven were apprehended that day, and another was captured in Maryland last month. Two of the major players in the conspiracy remain at large. Four mid-level dealers were arrested on June 15. Authorities said the suspects conspired with Tate and Bullock to distribute methamphetamine in McDowell and Burke counties.
Authorities are still seeking the following suspects from the Hickory Metro. 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of Newton, 37-year-old Kelsey England of Claremont, 40-year-old Evan Lipford and 66-year-old William Pearson, both of Morganton.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Bullock, England, Lipford, Pearson or Sparks is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
The Catawba County Library is hosting an exclusive post-World War II exhibit at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch today (June 23) through July 3.
The 15-panel exhibit focuses on the relief efforts for child Holocaust survivors provided by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in the Kloster Indersdorf children’s DP center near Dachau, Germany following World War II. This historical exhibit is organized by the Concentration Camp Memorial Site Flossenbürg in Germany.
According the United Nations Archives (https://archives.un.org), the UNRRA was established by the agreement of 44 nations on November 9, 1943 with operations coming to an end in 1946. The purpose of UNRRA was to "plan, co-ordinate, administer or arrange for the administration of measures for the relief of victims of war in any area under the control of any of the United Nations through the provision of food, fuel, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities, medical and other essential services".
The exhibit will be on display in the library’s community room no through July 3 and can be viewed anytime during operating hours: Monday – Tuesday 12-8pm; Wednesday – Saturday 9am-6pm. The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library is located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Rd. in Terrell.
For the latest in library news, visit librarynews.catawbacountync.gov or stop by your local branch.
51-year-old Jerry Michael Norman was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Following the arrest, Norman was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23) in Morganton.
39-year-old Tonaka Cook was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County She's charged with felony attempt to obtain controlled substance by fraud or forgery. She's also charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Cook was jailed in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
28-year-old Darius Edward Connelly was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Connelly was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23).
54-year-old Sharon Birchfield Stinson was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Stinson was placed in jail in Lincolton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23).
34-year-old Daniel Scott Moore was arrested this morning (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of schedule IV Controlled substance. Moore was arrested shortly after midnight at an address on Highway 16 Business in Denver. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
22-year-old Monte Eugene Eaker of Carriage Lane in Hudson was arrested Thursday (June 22) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Eaker was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,750 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
43-year-old Tina Sue Phares of Shady Lane in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with financial card fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods or property, defrauding an innkeeper, and producing noise disturbing park users. Phares was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Facility this morning (June 23) under $3,500 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for August 21 and August 28.
An additional sex offense charge has been filed against an Iredell County man already facing several counts connected to alleged crimes against a family member. 19-year-old Michael Shane Amoedo of Kammerer Drive in Statesville was charged on May 30 with two counts apiece of first degree rape, first degree sexual offense, and statutory sexual offense with a child and one count of statutory rape of a child. At the time Amoedo was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond.
During the investigation, it was also discovered that Amoedo had sexually assaulted another female family member. The new information resulted in Amoedo being charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child. Amoedo was still in custody on the initial charges when the new warrant was served. He was given an additional $15,000 bond and he remains in the Iredell County Detention Center under a total bond of $315,000. Both investigations involved female family members under the age of 15.
60-year-old William Christopher Gates was arrested Wednesday (June 21) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods along with a misdemeanor count of harboring fugitives. Gates was arrested just before 11:00 last night at an address on Gates Road in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Gates was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 23).
26-year-old Kwane Devon Harris of 14th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested today (June 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer. Harris was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
Hickory Firefighter Matt Quarles has earned the Advanced Firefighter designation through the N.C. State Firefighter’s Association (NCSFA). Only one percent of the more than 50,000 Firefighters across the state have applied for and received the Advanced Firefighter designation.
In order to be eligible for consideration, a Firefighter must meet five core competencies or qualifications. The Firefighter’s Advanced Professional Certificate is then awarded based on a formula that combines formal education, fire & rescue continuing education training and actual experience as a Firefighter.
Matthew Quarles was hired as a Hickory Firefighter in March 2015. Previously, he had been an engineer with St. Stephens Fire Department for four years. He holds a number of certifications and earned a Fire Protection Technology associate degree from Catawba Valley Community College.
He is married to Rachel. Their son, Emmett Fisher Quarles, was born in May of this year.