21-year-old Imran Chaudhary of Winter Flake Drive Statesville was arrested last Wednesday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, June 20), last Wednesday Lt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 model Honda on Shelton Avenue just south of Statesville for an equipment violation. Stone approached the vehicle and advised the driver, Imran Chaudhary, of the violation.
After having Chaudhary exit his vehicle Stone noticed a bulge inside his left side pants pocket. When Stone asked Chaudhary if he had anything illegal in his possession Chaudhary attempted to walk around to the passenger side of his vehicle without answering. Stone then grabbed Chaudhary’s arm and asked him a second time if he had anything illegal. Chaudhary then attempted two different times to place his left hand into his pants pocket. After Stone grabbed both of Chaudhary’s arms, Chaudhary admitted to having a gun in his pants pocket.
After Stone removed the loaded handgun from inside Chaudhary’s pocket he discovered that it was stolen out of Caldwell County. Stone then searched Chaudhary and located a bag of marijuana in his other pocket. A search of the vehicle was then conducted and digital scales were located. Chaudhary was placed under arrest and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $6,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court July 5 and July 22. Chaudhary already had charges pending due to possessing illegal narcotics.
29-year-old Josiah Phillip Denman of 33rd Street SW in Hickory and 30-year-old Garry Dean Sanders Jr. of Jason Place in Lenoir were both arrested Sunday (June 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Following their arrests, Denman and Sanders were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed for either suspect.
42-year-old Marcus Shane Jackson of Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Jackson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 20).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight. Prior to this evening's meeting, the board will tour the Justice Center expansion site at 100 Southwest Boulevard in Newton at 5:30 p.m.
During the meeting, the board will vote on a resolution in honor of Captain Bradley Long, who died while attempting to recover a body in Lake Norman two weeks ago. Mr. Long served with the Newton and Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Departments. In addition, the board will hold a public hearing on a rezoning request for property at 3189 East NC Highway 10. The board will also hear departmental reports from the Finance Department regarding financing for Catawba Valley Community College, and Utilities and Engineering regarding the selection of an architect for the jail expansion.
Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
31-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener of 19th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 18) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and one felony count of selling marijuana. Whitener was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.
40-year-old Franklin Jevon Lackey of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (June 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Lackey was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (June 21).
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.
48-year-old Craig Wilson is wanted for fail to register as a sex offender. His last known address was 439 Rinehardt Road in Mooresville.
38-year-old Misty Chilton is wanted on a felony custody order violation. Her last known address was 4132 Emily Drive in Hamptonville.
31-year-old Matthew Gray Ritchie is wanted on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and assault on a law enforcement officer. Ritchie's last known address was 2475 Shelton Avenue in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.
On Friday (June 17) the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested a Lincolnton man after finding marijuana plants growing at his home.
20-year-old Dilon Gregory Garcia of Nottingham Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
Working from a tip called into the Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line, detectives went to a residence in the 2400 block of Nottingham Road where they found three marijuana plants growing on the property in front and in the back of the residence. Detectives interviewed the suspect and he admitted responsibility for the plants.
Following his arrest, Garcia's bond was set at $15,000 secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, June 20). Garcia is currently on probation and had an ankle monitor on during his arrest.
Citizens are urged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 to report any suspected drug activity. All drug tips are investigated.
A vehicle reportedly caught fire north of Taylorsville this morning (Friday, June 17). According to WBTV, two vehicles were involved in a crash on Jolly Cemetery Road at Daniels Lumber Road before 9 a.m. Alexander County officials have not said if anyone was hurt in the wreck.
36-year-old James Kelly Lynch, who is listed on police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested at about 7:45 last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Lynch was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with injury to personal property.
He was arrested after Police responded to a disturbance at the Goodwill store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Employees there reported that a man had become agitated after he was approached for concealing a variety of items from the store on his person, including video games, DVDs, a T-shirt and a wallet.
Police found the man, James Kelly Lynch, in the parking lot, where they also said he became agitated after they confronted him. The stolen items were found in a bag on Lynch’s person. A subsequent search turned up 39 Alprazolam pills and a bag containing 1.3 grams of meth.
Officers took Lynch into custody without further incident; however, as they transported him to the H.P.D. headquarters, his behavior became more erratic and he was taken to a local hospital.
Lynch was later jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
24-year-old Mikisha Geneva Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 a.m. yesterday (June 16) on one felony count of possession of cocaine, plus misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Police stopped a 2003 Jeep Liberty on the 100 block of 1st Avenue S.W. for a fictitious license tag. There were three occupants in the vehicle, including Robinson, who was the driver. The Jeep’s owner arrived on the scene and told Police Robinson was not authorized to drive the vehicle.
A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.9 grams of crack cocaine, one gram of marijuana and one 5-mg Hydrocodone pill. Robinson was taken into custody without incident. The other two subjects in the Jeep were not charged.
Robinson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
At 8:57 this morning (June 17), the Hickory Fire Department responded to a call regarding a band’s tour bus that was on fire at the Hollar Mill on Highland Avenue S.E. in Hickory. The band, Elephant Revival, is scheduled to play tonight at Hollar Mill. Two engines, one ladder truck and a rescue vehicle responded to the call.
The band members were safely evacuated, along with at least some of their equipment. No injuries were reported. The interior of the bus was heavily damaged, according to Fire Education Coordinator Terri Byers.
Byers also said the Red Cross would assist the victims. As of this morning, there was no word on the status of tonight’s scheduled performance.
A firefighter who served with the East Lincoln and Alexis Fire Departments died while working out on Thursday. According to published reports, 34-year-old Joshua Warren went out for a jog while on duty Thursday morning but never made it back to the fire station.
The published reports say that officials said Joshua Warren had just returned from a medical call when he took part in physical fitness training at East Lincoln Middle School. He was jogging around 11 a.m. when he collapsed. Medics rushed the firefighter to CHS-Lincoln Medical Center, where he later died.
Warren was reportedly working part-time for Alexis Fire Department at the time. He had been an active member of the East Lincoln Fire Department since 2013. In addition, he worked part-time as a firefighter for Alexis Fire Department.
He was a father of two children, an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.
55-year-old Tracy Alan Schmitz of Owens Mountain Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony solicit a minor by computer for sexual activity and appearing.
According to a news release issued Thursday (June 16) by the Lincolnton Police Department, the arrest took place as detectives located an ad posted by Schmitz on social media looking to meet a “younger” person to meet for sexual activity. Detectives posed as an underage minor and responded to Schmitz’s posting. Upon exchanging information with Schmitz, detectives (posing as the minor) and Schmitz agreed to meet at a location in Lincolnton for the sexual activity. Schmitz arrived at the prearranged location and was subsequently arrested without any further incident.
Schmitz was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday. His next District Court date is July 7.
We have an update on a case involving a robbery at a Granite Falls Convenience store.
On June 6, Jack B Quick on Falls Avenue was broken into and robbed. The Granite Falls Police Department reported an unidentified male forcibly entered the business through a front glass door, forced open a cash register and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect also stole several items of property while inside of the business, mainly cigarettes. The suspect was driving what appeared to be a newer model white four door passenger car.
Granite Falls Police have obtained video surveillance footage from an area business which shows the suspect’s vehicle more clearly. Anyone that can identify the suspect vehicle pictured with this story is asked to contact Detective Clint Ferguson with the Granite Falls Police Department at (828)396-3358, by email at email@example.com, or contact Caldwell County Crimestoppers at (828)758-8300.
55-year-old Rhonda Dula of Rock Creek Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Dula was jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, June 17).
One of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects was arrested earlier this week.
33-year-old Valerie Latrice Moore of Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Moore is also charged with two counts of failure to appear. She'd been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list since May 20. Moore was placed in jail under $27,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, June 17).
You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list, you can call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.
21-year-old Aalyiah Zhane Fields of 3rd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 this morning (June 16) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Her arrest comes in connection to an incident in September of 2015 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. In that case, two individuals put various clothing items into a Walmart bag and then went to the service desk where they attempted to return the items for cash.
A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in Fields’ arrest today. Hers is the only arrest in the case, thus far.
Fields was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.
33-year-old Aaron James Henderson of 1st Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Henderson was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 16).
33-year-old Natashia Dominique Allen of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 16) on one felony count of failure to appear.
The charge comes in connection to an arrest in January of this year. A traffic stop was conducted on the 100 block of 7th Avenue S.E. for a vehicle with no license tag lights. A search turned up 3.4 grams of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana. Allen was charged with possession, with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. Also arrested at that time was 34-year-old Lavonnie Lee White.
Allen was taken into custody without incident at 1:40 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 1 in Newton.