23-year-old John Markel Gaither of Mckay Road in Newton was arrested Monday (December 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and Deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. In addition, Gaither is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Gaither was arrested at an address on South Center Street in Hickory shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. According to the HPD report, 24.3 grams of crack cocaine and 24.8 grams of marijuana were seized during the arrest. Bond for Gaither was set at $5,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduld for today (December 12) in Newton.
20-year-old Kristopher James O'Neill of Ashley Brook Lane in Statesville was arrested last Friday (December 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a child 15 years-of-age or younger.
According to a news release issued today (December 12), on November 2, 2017 Deputies were called to 2172 Wilkesboro Hwy in reference to a missing 15-year-old. As Deputies were searching the area, they found the 15-year-old female in the area with Kristopher James O’Neill. A few days later a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office stating that the juvenile was sexually assaulted.
The investigation was turned over to Detective Sergeant Jason Lowrance of the Special Victim’s Unit. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and statements were gathered from other witnesses. A warrant for arrest was issued for O’Neill and he was arrested last Friday. O'Neill's bond was set at $9,000 secured, he was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (December 11).
40-year-old William Daniel Brown of Union Grove was arrested last Tuesday (December 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of identity theft.
According to a news release issued today (December 12) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on September 9, 2017, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft. According to the incident report the victim discovered her wallet missing soon after getting fuel at Phil’s Food Mart on Wilkesboro Highway. The victim stated she called her bank to report the lost credit cards, and was told that her card had just been used across the street at the Dollar General.
During the investigation detectives worked with Phil’s Food Mart, and Dollar General to determine who made the charges to the victim’s account. Detectives were able to get video and pictures from Phil’s Food Mart, and Dollar General showing the suspect using the debit card belonging to the victim. They identified the suspect as William Daniel Brown.
Brown was arrested last Tuesday, he was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 19.
55-year-old Joseph Harlon Godfrey of Granite Falls, was found guilty of first-degree statutory sex offense by a jury and given a minimum active sentence of 24 years in prison during Caldwell County Superior Court last Friday (December 8).
The jury needed approximately three hours of deliberation over two days to return the guilty verdict from a May 2004 offense involving a then-12-year-old female victim. The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed a sentence of 24 to 29 years for Godfrey, who will serve the prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The victim, now 25-years-old, reported to Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Roger Crosby that she had been victimized by a family member (Godfrey) when she was a child. The defendant was indicted for the last reported sexual offense that occurred when the victim was 12.
Crosby investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted on behalf of the State.
39-year-old Edlyn Richard Johnson Jr. of Elgin Street in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (December 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.
According to a news release issued Monday (December 11) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on the morning of December 6, 2017, Elite Auto located on Costner Road in Hildebran, contacted Burke County 911 to report that vehicles were broken into and several items had been stolen from the business. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office responded and obtained security video footage of the incident.
The Criminal Investigations Division was assigned to the case and located additional security video footage, they also were able to determine where the suspects were staying. Detectives interviewed Edlyn Richard Johnson, Jr. who, according to a news release issued by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, confessed to the crimes.
Johnson was taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000.00 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (December 12). He was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday, his next District Court date is January 2. Further arrests are expected.
16-year-old Chandler Gauge Davis of Frontier Lane in Lincolnton, 16-year-old Joshua Devon Hinsey of Hager’s Hollow Drive in Denver, and 18-year-old Landon Cole Parker of Mack Ballard Road in Maiden were all arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They were charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy.
A false kidnapping call led officers to the suspects, who are charged in connection to a home break-in that occurred in the 600 block of Raintree Lane in Lincolnton on December 7, 2017. According to a news release issued Monday (December 11) by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the home owner arrived home to find the front door to the residence had been kicked in and guns, several knives and an X-Box game had been stolen. A neighbor gave a good description of the suspect vehicle. A short time later the home owner told the Lincoln County Communications Center the vehicle was back in the area and he was in pursuit of the vehicle northbound on Buffalo Shoals Road.
The home owner lost sight of the vehicle as it entered Catawba County. Deputies say the vehicle description matched a vehicle they had pulled over the night before. That vehicle was in the possession of Chandler Gauge Davis. Several hours later the mother of Chandler Davis reported that she received a call from her son who claimed he was tied up and needed help somewhere on Falcon Ridge Road. Deputies located the suspect vehicle from the breaking and entering a residence in the 3300 block of Falcon Ridge Road. Officers knocked on the door and could hear movement inside but no one came to the door.
Detectives went to the magistrate’s office to obtain a search warrant for the home but because of the circumstances it was decided to make entry into the home. A forced entry was made through the front door. Inside the home were nine people including Chandler Davis who did not appear to be tied up or kidnapped in any way. A search of the residence was done and two firearms, several knives and an X-Box game that had been stolen from the Raintree Lane home were recovered. All individuals in the home were questioned and results of the interviews determined the kidnapping claim was unfounded.
According to the news release, the suspects confessed to breaking into the home on Raintree Lane. Secured bond for Davis was set at $30,000, Parker's bond was set at $20,000 secured and bond for Hinsey was set at $9,000 secured. All three suspects have District Court dates January 2.
27-year-old Nicholas Ryan Callahan of Ginger Lane in Maiden was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
Shortly after midnight on December 8 a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy observed what he suspected to be a drug deal near the Quick Trip on Highway 73 in eastern Lincoln County. Following what appeared to be an exchange the vehicles left going separate directions. The Deputy followed one of the vehicles, a Ford Taurus, as it headed south on NC Business 16. He conducted a traffic stop near Hills Chapel Church after observing a malfunctioning brake light and the vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit.
The driver, Nicholas Ryan Callahan, made a move toward the center console before exiting the vehicle. A female passenger also exited the vehicle and left in plain view a bag containing two hypodermic needles in the center console area. A search of Callahan turned up contraband inside the front waistband consisting of just over 21 grams of Hydrocodone in one clear plastic bag, another bag containing five Xanax pills and another bag of a crystal type substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Also seized from the vehicle were baggies used to package drugs for sale, a set of digital scales and $121 in cash. A cell phone was also seized and a search warrant will be obtained to determine if the phone was used in the commission of narcotics sales. There is no information regarding any charges against the female passenger. Callahan was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $225,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court January 2.
25-year-old Christopher Jordan Lippard of Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense, along with a misdemeanor count of larceny.
According to a news release issued Monday (December 11) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on November 29, 2017, two victims came to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to report separate crimes. One of the victim’s reported that a family member, Christopher Jordan Lippard had been requested to leave the home. When Lippard left the home, the victim found that items were missing from the home and garage including an air compressor, chainsaw, and Nintendo Wii.
At another home where Lippard was staying it was discoverd that money and electronic devices were missing. At this home a pawn ticket was found dated November 1 where Lippard pawned an air compressor, the same air compressor described by the victim.
Lippard was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $61,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 12).
27-year-old Pang Yee Vue of Conover Boulevard East in Conover and 25-year-old Sylvanus Sengsu Xiong of Henry Smith Street in Granite Falls were arrested by Newton Police Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and delver marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Vue was locked up this morning (December 12) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond, Xiong's bond was set at $7,500. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.
34-year-old Audrey Leann James of East 22nd Street in Newton was arrested Monday (December 11) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, resisting a public officer, misdemeanor larceny, and second degree trespassing. James was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (December 12) and January 3.
25-year-old McKenzie Brooke Sherrill and 35-year-old Shane Lewis Hamrick, both of Stratford Lane in Denver, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Sherrill was charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretenses and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods, larceny and child abuse. Hamrick was charged with one felony count of speeding to elude arrest. He also faces misdemeanor counts for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, careless & reckless driving, failure to stop for a siren & blue lights and driving while license revoked. Both suspects were charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
They were arrested on Saturday (December 9) as Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant as they were looking for a stolen cell phone. During the search, Officers found illegal drugs at the suspects’ residence. The search warrant was obtained after the owner of the cell phone reported that it had been delivered at an address where she lived previously. A female there signed the victim’s name for the delivery.
During the search, the cell phone was recovered from an upstairs bedroom, still inside the delivery box with the victim’s name on it. Deputies also seized methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The apartment was occupied by three adults and a six-year-old child. Lincoln County DSS was contacted and the child was turned over to his mother.
Later in the day, a Deputy was driving his patrol car on Stratford Lane when he saw Hamrick driving a red Toyota Tacoma. The Officer knew Hamrick did not have a valid driver’s license and attempted to stop the vehicle as he turned on Campground Road. Hamrick increased his speed and attempted to pour a white crystal-like substance from a clear plastic bag as he drove.
The Toyota was stopped after a short chase. The white substance was spilled on the floorboard. Officers seized another bag containing blue and white pills. The truck was impounded for further investigation.
Both subjects were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention. Sherrill’s bond was set at $35,000, secured, while Hamrick was given a $30,000, secured. They were each scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 11). Hamrick also had a Superior Court date set for today.
A woman has entered a guilty plea in connection to the death of her three-year-old son earlier this year. 24-year-old Jamie Lyn Basinger of Manley Clark Road in Morganton entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in Burke County Superior Court today (December 11). Basinger was indicted in April on felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in connection to the death of her son, three-year-old Landyn.
Basinger was given a suspended sentence of 19 to 32 months with 36 months of supervised probation for the March 2017 death of Landyn Melton, who died of hypothermia from frigid weather conditions on the front porch of the defendant’s residence. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence. He ordered that Basinger undergo a substance abuse assessment and comply with all conditions, perform 72 hours of community service and comply with all Department of Social Services orders regarding her other child. She spent eight months in jail.
The incident occurred on March 15. Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Hopewell Road in Morganton in reference to what appeared to be a small child lying on the front porch. Deputies found the three-year-old boy deceased on the porch, temperatures were reportedly in the 20s the morning the boy was found. Detectives launched an investigation and shared the results with the District Attorney’s Office. A drug test confirmed the presence of multiple drugs in Basinger’s system during the time period that the child died. Witnesses also detailed the defendant’s substance abuse history. A Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment on Basinger on April 3.
31-year-old Adrian Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory and 36-year-old Kandra Renee Leatherman of Potts Creek Road in Lincolnton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (December 10). Munoz was charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon and a felony probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while license revoked. Leatherman faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
The suspects were arrested after Hickory Police initiated a traffic stop at an address on South Center Street. During the stop, the driver was identified as Munoz and a front passenger as Leatherman . As Munoz was arrested on outstanding warrants, Officers found a shotgun and shells in the driver’s seat area. They also found six grams of methamphetamine in Johnson’s coat. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. One additional passenger was not charged.
Munoz and Leatherman were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Munoz was set at $20,000, secured, while Leatherman was given a $2,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled tomorrow in Newton. Munoz was also scheduled to appear in Superior Court tomorrow.
At 11:05 last night (Sunday, December 10), a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt struck a pedestrian, 44-year-old Jimmy Lee Clevenger of Hickory, on the 400 block of 14th Ave N.E. The Chevrolet, which was driven by 33-year-old Derval Anthony Hamilton of Hickory, was traveling west on 14th Avenue N.E. Mr. Clevenger was standing stationary in the westbound lane when the collision occurred.
Mr. Clevenger sustained critical injuries due to the collision. He was transported by Catawba County E.M.S. to Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was then taken by MedCenter Air to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Mr. Hamilton did not sustain any injuries.
No charges have been filed. According to Police, speed nor impairment were factors in the crash.
40-year-old Stacey Edward Barrier of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of auto larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Barrier was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (December 11).
A man who spent more than two months on the Burke County most wanted list was arrested last week. 45-year-old Larry Christopher York was arrested last Wednesday (December 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor simple assault. York was arrested shortly before noon last Wednesday at an address on Ed Mull Street in Glen Alpine. He'd been on the most wanted list since September 22. York was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,500 secured bond, he was still in jail as of earlier today (December 11). He has a Superior Court appearance January 2 and a District Court date January 8.
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek several wanted suspects including 20-year-old David Yoseph Mally. He's wanted for probation violation. The probation was imposed on a prior felony breaking and entering charge. Mally's last known address was 202 State Road, Unit C, in Morganton. Mally has been on the Burke County most wanted list since September 22.
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.
30-year-old Paul Edward Swino of Startown Road in Maiden was arrested Sunday (December 10) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods, and resisting a public officer. Swino was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Tuesday (December 12) and February 21.
30-year-old Derek Dwayne Calloway of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Calloway was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (December 11).
36-year-old Sterling Dion Dula of Miller Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Dula was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for December 11, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 8.
34-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Lick Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Friday (December 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Bolick was given a custody release, he's scheduled to appear in Superior Court January 8.