65-year-old Joseph Anthony Weatherford of Ridge Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Weatherford was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
31-year-old Michael Brandon Beane of Cross Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Beane was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that significant progress was made in 2016 throughout Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. A news release from NCDOT says several projects reached important milestones toward meeting the goals outlined in Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation, such as reducing congestion, enhancing mobility and improving safety.
One of the major projects to be awarded in the region is a contract to widen N.C. 16 in Catawba County from north of Caldwell Road to Tower Road. This is the last section of N.C. 16 to be widened between I-40 and Charlotte.
In addition, the department opened a diverging diamond interchange at the intersection of U.S. 21 and Interstate 40 in Statesville, as part of the I-40/I-77 interchange project. This type of design is becoming more prevalent in North Carolina because it moves large volumes of traffic safely and efficiently.
Also in Iredell County, construction crews made significant progress on a new rest area facility just south of the Tomlin Mill Road interchange. This 5,000 square foot facility is being built in the median of the interstate, which will allow motorists to enter the rest area by exiting left from either direction of I-77. Once the facility opens in the fall of 2018, four rest areas along I-77 will close – two at the Iredell/Yadkin county line, and two north of Mooresville.
35-year-old Michael Allen Wright of West 27th Street in Newton was arrested this morning (Thursday, December 29) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wright was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (December 30).
Five suspects were arrested by Lincolnton Police following a three month drug investigation.
63-year-old Robert Deal Shuford was charged with five counts of maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance and one count of conspire to sell methamphetamine. 31-year-old Leslie Katherine Shuford was charged with two counts of conspiring to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. 55-year-old Berry Allen Osborne, AKA “Oz”, was charged with three counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale of schedule II controlled substance, and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. 20-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane was charged with one count of conspiring to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. 26-year-old Arthur Joshua Houser was charged with two counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale of schedule II controlled substance, and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. All five subjects lived at the same North Grove Street, Lincolnton, address.
Last Friday (December 23), Lincolnton Police Department patrol officers arrested the five suspects at their residence. The arrest warrants were the result of a three month investigation by Lincolnton Police Department Narcotics Unit into the sale of meth out of the suspects' residence. The investigation included undercover operations, physical surveillance, and drug interdiction techniques. Also, a significant amount of methamphetamine was seized as the result of the investigation.
Robert Shuford received a $30,000 secured bond. Leslie Shuford was issued a $10,000 secured bond. Osborne's bond was set at $45,000 secured. Lane was issued a $5,000 secured bond. Houser's bond was set at $30,000 secured. All five suspects were scheduled to make first court appearances earlier this week.
Additional leads have been developed as a result of the arrests and further arrests are expected.
28-year-old Justin Lynn Brandon of 13th Street NE in Conover was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts apiece of felony possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, felony probation violation out of county, simple possession of schedule II and IV controlled substance, and resisting a public officer. Brandon is charged with single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, meth, and heroin, simple possession of schedule I controlled substance, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, felony possession of a stolen firearm, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property, assault on a female, and interfering with emergency communications.
Brandon was initially arrested in October following complaints of drug trafficking at St. Stephens Mobile Home Park. At that time, Brandon reportedly gave officers a false name. He was charged with possession of cocaine in October, and was also charged with giving police a fake name.
Brandon was apprehended Tuesday on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Following the arrest he was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $314,000 total bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (Wednesday, December 28). Brandon also has a District Court date February 15 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for February 16.
There's a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
45-year-old Bryan Keith Kelley is wanted on felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Kelley's last known address was 1845 Hilferty Road in Morganton. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Thursday (December 22).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of 41-year-old Davey Leonard Goodman. He's wanted for felony possession of a controlled substance on jail premises. Goodman's last known address was 1890 Bristol Creek Avenue. He was added to the Most Wanted List on October 28.
You can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their phone number is 828-437-3333.
48-year-old Tina Louise Weiss of Emerald Isle Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of burglary tools, breaking and entering, felony probation violation, misdemeanor larceny, reckless driving to endanger, and driving while impaired. Weiss was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $23,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (December 30), a District Court appearance is scheduled for February 8.
Through extended hours at various driver license offices, expanded availability of online services, and enhanced customer service training for driver license examiners, 2016 was considered a banner year for North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles as it continued to implement Governor Pat McCrory’s “Driving Change” initiative.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the year’s signature accomplishment occurred in September, when the number of drivers who used DMV’s online services to renew their license surpassed 500,000. DMV officials estimate that more than 602,000 citizens will have renewed their driver licenses online by the end of the year.
The news release says improvements took place offline as well. In June, DMV introduced mandatory customer service training for all driver license examiners. A total of 120 classes were held in 2016.
DMV introduced new mobile driver license offices in March. The units, which are the first of their kind in the nation, carry two examiner stations and serve more remote parts of the state. In September, mobile units were used to offer driver license services at Fort Bragg for the first time since 2008.
Throughout the year, 50 driver license offices were renovated and upgraded with modern equipment as part of a program to optimize all 113 offices across North Carolina. DMV also expanded operating hours at its busiest offices around the state, including weekend hours in some locations.
In September, DMV announced it would no longer require road sign tests for drivers renewing their licenses, and nearly 300 citizens renewed their driver licenses at the DMV booth during the N.C. State Fair in October.
During the response to Hurricane Matthew, more than 100 agents with the DMV’s License and Theft Bureau were deployed to affected areas of eastern North Carolina and provided security to various shelters. DMV also proactively educated consumers about how to avoid purchasing flood-damaged vehicles.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Governor McCrory directed the DMV to temporarily waive certain fees for customers in counties affected by the storm, which resulted in hurricane victims saving more than $977,000 in license and vehicle fees.
In February, DMV offices will start issuing REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and ID cards in anticipation of the federal government beginning enforcement of REAL ID requirements at airport security checkpoints on January 22, 2018. While REAL ID-compliant credentials are not mandatory in North Carolina, DMV has worked diligently to meet the federal requirements to ensure citizens with a North Carolina REAL ID will be able to use it to board commercial aircraft after January 2018 and gain access to federal installations and nuclear facilities in the future.
24-year-old Caitlin Briana Taylor of Sweet Maple Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Taylor was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (December 29).
27-year-old Jerry Lee Price of Highway 10 West in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of schedule II controlled substance, breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Price is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and second degree trespassing. Price was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $29,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Wednesday, December 28), January 12, January 25, and April 4. A Superior Court appearance was also scheduled for today.
18-year-old Keyla Maira Arias of Brawley Lane in Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Arias was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (December 29).
A man is charged in Iredell County in connection with an incident in which a woman was murdered and her daughter was held hostage. 47-year-old Gary Stephen Love was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers and charged with murder.
Monday (December 26) at approximately 7:30 a.m. Deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to Cool Springs road for a welfare check. The initial call was to check on a mother and her 14-year-old daughter who lived at the residence. The welfare check was initiated after a report that the teenager sent a text to a friend saying she needed help, a family member of the friend called in asking for assistance.
Once on the scene Deputies spoke with a man who identified himself as Gary Love. When Deputies ask to speak with Robin Denman, Love told the deputies that Robin and her daughter were at a funeral. While Deputies were attempting to confirm the information about the funeral, Love ran from the house, exiting out the back door and into the area behind the home however, he was soon located and taken into custody by deputies.
Deputies searched the house for anyone in need of assistance and located a woman's body concealed inside the home, who was later identified as 46-year-old Robin Denman. While the home was being secured other Deputies responding to assist located a hysterical young girl who was identified as the victim's 14-year-old daughter.
She later told Deputies she ran from the home when she heard someone pull up, not knowing it was Deputies. She told Deputies that she had been tied up and held at the home by Love since Christmas Eve. The girl also told Deputies she had not seen her mother since Christmas Eve. During a search of the home Detectives found evidence consistent with a person being tied up and bound.
The girl was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. Love was arrested and charged with Murder he is currently being held without bond. There are indications that one or both of the victim suffered violent sexual attacks during the ordeal. Detectives are still trying to determine what other crimes may have occurred. It was expected that additional charges would be filed.
The investigation is still ongoing but Detectives have discovered that Love had only been in NC for about 90 days and that Love and Denman knew each other from a time when they were younger and lived in New York. Love had an outstanding arrest warrant in Ohio for domestic violence related charges and had an active protection order against him, also out of Ohio. He has a District Court date January 3.
29-year-old Jonathan Michael Ryan was arrested Sunday (December 25) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Ryan was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, December 28).
25-year-old Antonio Markee Moss was arrested Sunday (December 25) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony habitual assault and assault on a female. Moss was placed in jail in Morganton under $34,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Wednesday (December 28) and January 17.
Kathy Hutchings, Director of the Caldwell County Veterans Service Office, will be retiring effective December 31 after 42 years of working with Veterans in Caldwell County and across the Unifour area.
In recognition of her service, Ms. Hutchings was awarded the “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” by the Governor of North Carolina; an award that is given to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina. In addition, at a recent event honoring her retirement, Ms. Hutchings received the Key to the City from Mayor Joe Gibbons of the City of Lenoir.
Hutchings was first hired in June of 1975 as an office assistant in the Veterans Service Office which at that time was located in the basement of the Caldwell County Courthouse. She was promoted to Veteran’s Service Officer after a few months and moved to the Caldwell County Administration building when the Veterans Service Office was combined with the County Human Resources (HR) office. During those years, Hutchings continued her duties serving veterans and also worked with services for County employees.
In 2010, the Veterans Service Office was separated from HR and made an independent department based on the volume of veterans and their dependents needing services. Hutchings was named Director. There are over 6,000 veterans in Caldwell County that receive around $24 million primarily due to the work of Hutchings and her staff.
After retiring, Hutchings intends to continue working with the Veterans Services Office part time.
According to a news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program made significant strides with several projects and initiatives launched in 2016 to reduce traffic-related crashes and fatalities on the state's roadways.
The NC Vision Zero initiative utilizes data analytics to guide traffic safety efforts and educate the public. Safety stakeholders, such as state and local law enforcement, are able to use the data to directly link agency enforcement and countermeasure activities. The initial goal is to reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries in half in the next 15 years, with a long-term target of zero deaths on North Carolina roadways.
In addition to the launch of NC Vision Zero, GHSP funded a total of 109 projects for state, local and nonprofit agencies. These projects focused on several areas that affect highway safety including, but not limited to, alcohol-impaired driving, occupant protection, speeding, young drivers, motorcycle safety, older drivers, school bus safety, pedestrians, bicyclists, and traffic records.
GHSP reported a record 91.7 percent seatbelt usage rate. Fatalities resulting from of an impaired driver are down 19.6 percent, compared to 2015. GHSP sponsors the BikeSafe NC initiative to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. This program offers training to experienced riders who are interested in improving their riding skills and riding techniques. GHSP sponsored 17 educational and enforcement campaigns in which 80 percent of law enforcement agencies statewide participated. More than 100 agencies in North Carolina participated in all the campaigns, which include Click It or Ticket, Booze It & Lose It and Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine programs.
More than 24,000 saturation patrols were completed, resulting in over 7,000 DWI arrests, 24,000 occupant restraint tickets, 88,000 speeding violations and 5,000 felony arrests.
47-year-old Matityahu Dawid Benayim of Ann Street in Asheville was arrested Sunday (December 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. The state is not specified in the arrest report. Benayim was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for January 3.
43-year-old Dustin Clay Armstrong of Annas Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Armstrong was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (December 28).
33-year-old James Robert Hughes was arrested Monday (December 26) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Hughes was jailed in Morganton under $17,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, December 28).