34-year-old Jonathan Ray Bennett of Angus Trail in Vale was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. Bennett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (February 15) and March 14.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating vehicle break-ins that occurred during a one-hour period on February 12, 2018.
Around 12:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the parking area of Jin’s Buffet at 7260 NC Highway 73 reference a larceny from a motor vehicle. A work crew had parked their company vehicle outside and went into the restaurant to eat. A passenger side door handle had been pried open to gain entry. The thieves stole a saw valued at $1,500.
Deputies were also dispatched to the parking lot of Showmars on NC Highway 73 reference another larceny from a motor vehicle. The work crew sat down for lunch around 12:15 p.m. and a short time later an employee of the restaurant told the crew that two males were going through their vehicle. When he went outside the crew chief said he saw a white van going toward the Lowe’s store but was unable to get a good look at the vehicle. Stolen from the van were a number of drills valued at $5,400.
A short time later deputies were dispatched to the Walmart at 7131 NC Highway 73 reference a break-in to a truck. The thieves broke a lock to gain entry into the truck. Stolen from the truck were a generator and a floor jack valued at $1,000. The van used by the thieves was reportedly stolen in Charlotte.
Investigation into the break-ins, which occurred between noon and 1:00 p.m., is continuing. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050.
27-year-old Randy Lee Cook of Yellowstone Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of probation violation, possession of controlled substance in jail or prison, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Cook is also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official, probation violation, failure to appear on a DWI, and carrying a concealed weapon.
On Tuesday deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad went to 174 Yellowstone Lane in eastern Iredell County in an attempt to locate and serve warrants on Randy Lee Cook. The night before, a probation officer went to check on Cook at his residence and the suspect allegedly assaulted the officer and ran out of the residence.
When deputies went to the residence, they were invited inside by one of the residents of the home. While searching the home for Cook, deputies found him hiding in a closet. While being processed into the detention center a bag of marijuana was found in his possession, leading to the charge of having controlled substance in jail.
Cook was placed in jail under a $41,600 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (February 19), March 5 and March 12.
A Caldwell County man has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a shooting that led to the death of a 31-year-old Hudson man. According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, after carefully reviewing the evidence, witness statements and investigative findings of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney David Learner determined the actions that led to the death of Daniel Lashawn Wright were justified as a measure of self-defense from a physical assault, and no charges will be filed.
According to the news release, last Thursday (February 8), Wright engaged in an assault of a physically handicapped family member at the residence of the assault victim. After being knocked to the floor while being attacked by Wright, the victim fired one shot from a 9-millimeter handgun that struck and killed his assailant. Members of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Caldwell County Emergency Medical Services arrived within five minutes but were unable to revive Wright.
Findings from the preliminary autopsy and toxicology report indicated the presence of methamphetamine and MDMA in Wright’s bloodstream. Methamphetamine and a hypodermic syringe also were found in his pocket. Learner and Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones authorized the immediate release of the handgun to its owner following a review of the case.
51-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor of Conover, was given an active prison sentence of at least six years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm by felon and habitual felon status by a Catawba County jury on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
The Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed a prison term of six to eight years after the jury returned its verdict to end a two-day trial. The defendant’s sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Maynor’s sentence length was enhanced by a prior felony conviction for breaking or entering in Burke County (April 1988), and two felony larceny convictions in Catawba County (December 1990 and July 1995).
Officers with the Hickory Police Department responded to a mobile home park in reference to a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in March 2015. Information was given that Maynor had returned the vehicle and was at the residence. He had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
When contact was made with Maynor, several boxes of ammunition were seen in the living room of the home. When he was taken into custody, a search revealed an empty gun magazine in his back pocket. A black handgun was seen in plain view in Maynor’s bedroom when an officer was assisting another occupant of the residence. The empty magazine belonged to the handgun.
Carlos De Los Santos investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Chad Smith handled prosecution for the State.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held their annual shareholders and investors luncheon today (February 14) at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. More than 500 people attended the event. Stephen Patton was named 2018 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman of the Board. Dan St. Louis, the Executive Director of Manufacturing Solutions Center won the Duke Energy Community Leadership Award. Watch my interview with Chamber President and CEO Lindsay Keisler on Thursday evening’s WHKY-TV News at 5:30 & 10:00.
25-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Fulk of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (February 13) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance. She was arrested on warrants issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office in October of last year.
Fulk was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. 16-year-old Breiana Lei McAfee was last seen at her residence on the 3000 block of Lee Lawing Road in Lincolnton at about eight o’clock last night (February 13).
Ms. McAfee is described as a black female. She is 5’5” tall and weighs 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans with holes in them and black Nike tennis shoes. She may also have been wearing a black jacket.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Breiana McAfee should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
25-year-old Marcus Gunnar McDowell of Harbor Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one count of failure to appear on a felony and one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 17 when Hickory Police responded to reports of a subject with a handgun outside a residence on 20th Avenue Court N.E. The subject, Marcus Gunnar McDowell, was found on the 800 block of 21st Avenue N.E. with 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on his person.
McDowell was taken into custody without incident at 12:22 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on March 19 and in District Court on April 27, both in Newton.
36-year-old Robert Lee McAfee of 7th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 14) on two felony counts of habitual misdemeanor assault.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on Monday (February 12) when Hickory Police responded to an assault call at McAfee’s residence. A warrant for McAfee’s arrest was issued that same day. He was taken into custody without incident at 12:52 a.m. today at his residence.
McAfee was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
29-year-old Joshua Michael Bennett of Poarch Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a female. Bennett was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Tuesday.
37-year-old Chris James Parlier II of 3rd Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (February 12) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Parlier was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Tuesday (February 13).
51-year-old Robert Franklin Schronce of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance, and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Schronce was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 14).
On Saturday February 10, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery at 3541 Taylorsville Highway west of Statesville. According to the incident report the suspect walked into the business around 10 p.m. carrying a long barreled weapon and demanded the money. The suspect then fled the store on foot to a waiting car that was parked nearby. The vehicle is described as dark in color two door sedan.
The Statesville Police Department reported a robbery that occurred on Thursday February 8, shortly after 1 a.m. approximately one mile away. According to Statesville Police Department, one subject entered the business and displayed a firearm, demanded money, took the money and fled on foot to a nearby vehicle. A second suspect stayed outside the business as a possible lookout.
At this time, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in identifying the suspect. If you have any questions, or any information, please contact the Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340. You can also contact Detective Patrick Irwin at (704) 878-3180.
Today marks a major milestone for WHKY-TV, the station turns 50-years-old. WHKY-TV first signed on the air in Hickory on February 14, 1968 and it holds the distinction of being the oldest independent station in North Carolina.
WHKY airs community-oriented programming including the long-running local newscasts, which can be seen at 5:30 and 10 p.m. Ralph Mangum anchors the news and also hosts the popular crime report during the newscast. WHKY-TV is available in 1.2 million households stretching from Mountain City, Tennessee, to Chesterfield County, South Carolina, with a potential audience of close to three-million viewers.
WHKY-TV is owned by Long Communications and has been run from the beginning by the Long Family. Tom Long Sr., who was present for the inception of WHKY Radio in 1940, was a key figure in WHKY-TV going on the air in 1968. Mr. Long passed away last February 24 at the age of 90.
43-year-old Timothy Wayne Tezino Sr. of Stockton Street in Statesville was arrested February 2 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify address change.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 13), the Special Victims Unit received information about a registered sex offender who had moved from Iredell County without notifying the sheriff office. The information was assigned to Sex Offender Compliance Deputy John Adams for further investigation.
During the investigation Deputy Adams spoke with witnesses in the area and learned, Timothy Wayne Tezino had moved from his registered address on Stockton Street in Statesville. Tezino failed to notify the Iredell County Sheriff Office he was moving to another county.
Tezino was arrested in Mecklenburg County by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, February 2. He was placed in the Mecklenburg County Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is March 12. Tezino was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in May of 2000 and placed on the Sex Offender Registry. Tezino also has pending charges of sex offender on child premises, and habitual felon.
24-year-old Zysean James White of East Sharpe Street in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure by a sex offender to register an address change.
He was arrested after the Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit received information from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office regarding a sex offender living in Statesville. Zysean James White was registered as homeless in Mecklenburg County. The investigation was assigned to Sex Offender Compliance Deputy John Adams.
Deputy Adams interviewed witnesses in the area and monitored the East Sharpe Street address. Based on information provided by witnesses and after spotting White at the residence, a warrant for failure to register was issued.
White was arrested on Monday (February 12) and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today.
White was placed on the sex offender registry after he was charged and convicted of indecent liberties with a minor in 2014.
31-year-old Joseph Alan McCracken of Stone Path Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (February 12) for a felony probation violation. McCracken is on probation as he serves a 48-month suspended sentence following an August 2017 conviction in Burke County for felony larceny.
He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. McCracken was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 26 in Morganton.
25-year-old Mallory Leigh Combs of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was served a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 8:15 last night (February 12). She faces felony charges for common law robbery and breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of larceny.
The charges come in connection to an incident that occurred on January 29, 2017 when Hickory Police responded to an assault call at an address on 21st Avenue Place N.E. Warrants were obtained on that date for Combs and Miguel Christopher Sanchez, who was arrested the following day.
Combs was taken into custody without incident last night at her residence. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released under a $5,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Kristy Lynn Hall of Swaim Road in Winston-Salem was arrested Monday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance. Hall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday. No additional court dates were listed.