One of three suspects wanted in a major local drug conspiracy was captured Monday night (May 29) in Maryland. 37-year-old Marqueseo Marshay “Pepe” Pearson of Stephens Drive in Morganton, was apprehended shortly before 9:45 p.m. Monday by officers with Seat Pleasant Police Department in Prince George’s County, Md.
Pearson had been on the run from McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation authorities since April 18, when officials conducted a three-county roundup of drug conspiracy suspects, and he fled. He was wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. Pearson is in jail in Maryland under no bond pending extradition to North Carolina.
Two other suspects from the drug conspiracy remain on the run: 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of 17th St. West in Newton is wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise. 66-year-old William Jackie Pearson of Stephens Drive in Morganton is wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a Schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
The illegal narcotics investigation began with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road, Nebo residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and Bullock 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 suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics. Seven suspects were arrested that day. Seized during the raids were approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine, an estimated $500,000 in cash, more than half a pound of marijuana, up to four ounces of fentanyl and other small amounts of pills, as well as firearms, cell phones and vehicles.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Dwayne Bullock or Jackie Pearson is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 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.
34-year-old William Eric Clark of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with habitual larceny. Following the arrest, Clark was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (May 31).
40-year-old Clarence Thomas Waycaster of SE Plymouth Road in Lenoir was taken into custody Tuesday (May 30) by authorities in Caldwell County. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Waycaster is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. He was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 26 in Lenoir.
29-year-old Lamar Montray Gibbs of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (May 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied property. Gibbs was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 31).
21-year-old Brian Preston Freeman of Grant Road and 19-year-old Matthew Edward Thibault of Delia Hall Lane, both from Hudson, were each arrested Tuesday (May 30) by Hudson Police Officers. They're both charged with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Following their arrests, Freeman and Thibault were both jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. They both have District Court dates Thursday (June 1).
63-year-old Johnny Lee Metts of West Church Street in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (May 29) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child.
Early Monday morning Lincolnton Police Department patrol units responded to a residence on West Church Street in response to a call involving the possible sexual assault of a child victim by a known perpetrator. The child victim was transported to the CHS – Lincoln Emergency Department for treatment.
Evidence and statements were collected. As a result of the evidence collected, probable cause was developed leading to Metts' arrest.
According to a news release from the Lincolnton Police Department, Metts was known to the child victim, who was under the age of 12. Detective Brandon Hunsucker was the investigating, charging, and arresting officer. The Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center also assisted in the case.
Bond for Metts was set at $30,000 secured and he was placed in the Lincoln County Jail. He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (May 30). His next District Court date is June 13.
Metts has prior convictions for Felony Probation Violation, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon on an Officer, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Escape from a Local Jail, Second Degree Trespassing, Impersonation of a Peace Officer, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Assault on a Female, Simple Assault, Resist, Obstruct, and Delay a Public Officer, Simple Affray, Communicating Threats, Assault and Battery, and Breaking and Entering.
26-year-old Lu Weipeng of 23rd Street Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:45 p.m. Sunday (May 28) at Academy Sports on Highway 70 S.E. Weipeng was charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
Officers responded to a call referencing a subject who walked into the store carrying a loaded handgun. Upon arrival, the subject was located in the parking lot with an off-duty Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy who offered assistance. The handgun was reportedly stolen from Claremont.
Weipeng was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (May30) in Newton.
65-year-old Leverne Williams of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 Friday morning (May 26) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 30) in Newton.
36-year-old Brian Lee Maynor of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 Friday afternoon (May 26). He was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, identity theft and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
The arrest comes after subjects attempted to rent a room at the Red Roof Inn using false identification. Officers then conducted a traffic stop. A rear passenger, Maynor, had outstanding warrants for probation violations and child support.
Maynor was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today (May 30) in Newton.
33-year-old Nathaniel Breon “Little Nate” Wilson of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday evening (May 27). He was served outstanding warrants on one felony count of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. The arrest comes in connection to a felony charge for the sale or delivery of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. In addition, Wilson faces charges for resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag.
Wilson was taken into custody at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $109,500 secured bond. District Court dates were set for June 8, June 13 and July 13, with a Superior Court appearance scheduled for July 10, all in Newton.
44-year-old Tami Farris Mcfall of Farris Loop in Morganton was arrested by Lenoir Police on Sunday (May 28). She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. She was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A district court appearance was scheduled for today (May 30).
Local beer distributor, United Beverages of North Carolina, L.L.C. in Hickory was presented with both the MillerCoors Founders' Award and the President’s Award at the annual MillerCoors Distributor Convention in Las Vegas on March 14. The announcement was made in a press release issued yesterday (May 29).
MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley presented the awards to United Beverages in front of some 2,000 distributor attendees from across the country. The Founders' Award, which represents almost 300 years of brewing heritage, honors the top-performing distributor among over 600 distributors in the country while the President’s Award honors the top 28.
Since United Beverages inception in 2004, it has received either the President’s Award or the High Life Achievement award for seven of its 13 years in operation. The High Life Achievement Award became the President’s Award in 2008 when Miller and Coors became MillerCoors.
The sales team at United Beverages of Hickory is led by Cameron Burns, who has been with the team for over 40 years. Vice-President of Sales Dave Hurst and United Beverages’ President, Paul Weisler round out the sales management team. Paul Weisler, Dean Proctor, Becky Ward and Larry Robinson represent the United Beverages’ founding members.
United Beverages of North Carolina was formed in 2004 with the merger of four different distributors. The company currently services 17 counties in Western North Carolina and distributes 5.2 million cases annually to over 2,000 retail accounts. United Beverages has 180 full-time employees.
31-year-old Jeffery Allen Varnadoe Jr. of Rudisill St. in Hickory was arrested by Granite Falls Police on Monday (May 29). He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Varnadoe was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $3,500 secured bond. District court appearances have been scheduled for July 1st, and August 17th.
Adhezion Biomedical, LLC, a research and manufacturing company offering medical adhesive products, will create 40 jobs over the next four years as it expands its facility in Caldwell County. Governor Roy Cooper announced the expansion on Friday (May 26). The company plans to invest $3.5 million in Hudson over this period of time.
Adhezion Biomedical, LLC is a privately held medical device company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of cyanoacrylate-based surgical, wound management and infection prevention technologies. Founded in 2001, the company maintains its corporate headquarters in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. The new positions in Caldwell County will provide an annual payroll impact of more than $1.3 million to the local economy.
A performance-based grant of $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Adhezion’s expansion in Caldwell County. The OneNC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All OneNC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Blue Ridge Energy, Caldwell County, and the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.
36-year-old Sharmaine Nichole Harris was arrested Saturday (May 27) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear. Harris was placed in jail in Morganton under $6,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 30).
48-year-old John David Ferguson Jr. of 8th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (May 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Ferguson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 30).
49-year-old David Olmos Martinez was arrested Sunday (May 28) by authorities in Burke County. According to police records he's charged with felony second degree rape and felony incest. Martinez was arrested at an address on Mull Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $200,000 secured bond. A court date is set for Wednesday (May 31).
58-year-old Malinda Hightower Hester was arrested Sunday (May 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail and failure to appear. Hester's bond was set at $13,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (May 31).
A suspect wanted in Burke County has been arrested and two new names have been added to the county's Most Wanted List.
29-year-old Britton Nicole Metcalf was arrested last week by authorities in Burke County. She was arrested only five days after being added to the Most Wanted List. Metcalf is charged with two counts of probation violation. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond, she remained in custody as of earlier today. She's scheduled to appear in Superior Court June 26.
27-year-old Jordan Yates Hamby has been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He's wanted for felony probation violation. Hamby's last known address was 2275 Shady Grove Road in Connelly Springs. He was added to the list last Friday, May 26.
51-year-old Scott Anthony Sanborn was also added to the list last week. He's wanted for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Sanborn's last known address was 2354 Highway 70 in Connelly Springs. He was also added to the list last Friday.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
36-year-old Jane Morgan Hefner of 4th Avenue NW in Conover was arrested Saturday (May 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury. Hefner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.