39-year-old Dustin Tyrone Jackson of Startown Road in Newton was arrested Thursday (July 13) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering along with a misdemeanor count of injury to real property. Jackson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 14).
29-year-old Elizabeth Grace Hughes of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Hughes was jailed this morning (July 14) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Statesville Police Department Investigators have obtained warrants on a suspect in a fatal hit and run that occurred July 4, 2016. The accident took the life of 43-year-old Reynaldo Carbajal Hernandez of Statesville.
The suspect, 26-year-old Kerry Zockime Ravenell Jr. of Statesville is being charged with: felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, and felony hit & run with serious injury or death.
Ravenell is currently serving a prison term in the NC Dept. of Corrections on unrelated charges. The charges filed Thursday (July 13) come as a result of lab examinations that were recently received, in addition to other evidence Investigators have gathered during the course of this investigation.
On Monday, July 4, 2016, at approximately 5:45 a.m., Officers responded to a report of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Garner Bagnal Boulevard and Buffalo Shoals Road. Upon arrival, Officers found a Blue in color Chevrolet Cavalier off of the roadway against the utility pole guide wires at the southwest corner of Garner Bagnal and Buffalo Shoals. The driver was still in the vehicle and EMS was called to the scene.
A short time after EMS arrived on scene, they pronounced the driver of the Chevrolet Cavalier, Reynaldo Hernandez, dead. The second vehicle involved was a 2016 Toyota 4 door passenger car with a Maryland tag. It was off the right side of the roadway further South on Buffalo Shoals Road. It was discovered this was a rental vehicle through Enterprise Rental Car. The driver of this vehicle fled the scene on foot.
20-year-old Zavier Zeus Hatcher of Georgetown Road in Lincolnton (formerly of Clyde Wehunt Road in Cherryville) was arrested yesterday (July 12) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers. He was charged with one felony count each of trafficking LSD by sale, trafficking LSD by delivery, trafficking LSD by transport, trafficking LSD by possession and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He was also charged with two felony counts each for the sale & delivery of LSD and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance.
The arrest comes at the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into LSD (or, acid) sales in different parts of the county. Detectives say Hatcher sold various amounts of LSD over a three-to-four month period. On at least one occasion, the suspect sold a trafficking amount of the substance. Detectives used surveillance and undercover techniques to purchase the LSD.
Detectives say LSD comes in various forms, including what looks like a postage stamp or small tab, referred to as blotter paper or blotter acid. Users often place the stamp under their tongues until the LSD absorbs into the bloodstream. LSD is a psychedelic drug that affects the brain and causes hallucinations. Detectives say most people who use the drug are young adults. It is most often seen on college campuses.
Following his arrest, Hatcher was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today.
56-year-old David Van Morgan of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (July 12) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
He was arrested in connection to the theft of a motor vehicle from a parking lot at R.H. Bolick & Co. Inc. Machine Shop on 9th Avenue N.E. on March 31, 2015. Morgan was initially arrested and the vehicle was recovered that same day.
Morgan was taken into custody without incident last night at a shopping center on North Center Street. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
67-year-old Gilbert Donald List, Jr. of Ballentrae Place in Stanley has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony indecent liberties with a child.
On July 2, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the sexual assault of a child. The victim is a female who was nine years old at the time of the incident. The victim is related to the suspect. The incidents occurred between January and December of 2016.
Detective Kelsey Harrington interviewed the victim at the Lincoln Co. Child Advocacy Center. Gilbert List reportedly admitted the crimes when he was interviewed by Investigators.
List was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (July 13).
At about 11:20 last night (July 12), Hickory Police responded to the Speedway convenience store at 1269 U.S. Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory in reference to an armed robbery. The clerk reported that one suspect came into the store and demanded money while holding him at gunpoint. The suspect took money from the store and left the convenience store, taking the clerk’s vehicle.
Just after 12:20 a.m. Officers found the stolen vehicle at 2nd Street and 6th Avenue Place S.W., unoccupied.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing about 185 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black plastic mask, a black hoodie, long dark blue shorts and black shoes. He was carrying a black handgun.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or email email@example.com.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert issued this morning for 73-year-old Jerry Lynn Clark. Clark was reported missing from West Pine Hills Avenue in Morganton. The alert was cancelled approximately two hours after it was issued. Clark is reported to be safe, no injuries were reported.
48-year-old Paul Everette Lafon of Caldwell Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Lafon was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Friday (July 14) and August 8.
32-year-old Summer Michelle Coleman was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft. Coleman also faces counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $80,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 13).
49-year-old Linda Diane Dunagan of Macedonia Church Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Dunagan is charged with failure to appear on several highway violations. Following the arrest, Dunagan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 14), a District Court date is set for August 21.
30-year-old Reginald Van Dula Jr. of Cherrywood Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 13).
34-year-old Christopher Gene Crawford of North Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and failure to appear. Crawford was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 13).
28-year-old Jonathan Eugene Parker of St. James Church Road in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, two counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, single counts of simple possession of schedule II and III controlled substance, along with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Parker was jailed this morning (July 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 14).
There's a new name on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
42-year-old Matthew Stacks was recently added to the list. He's wanted for felony fail to register a new address as a sex offender. The last known address for Stacks was 715 Sullivan Road in Statesville.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek 20-year-old Shaheem Miller. He's wanted for felony breaking and entering and larceny. Miller's last known address was 248 Wilson Street in Statesville.
25-year-old Norman Chambers also remains on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He's wanted for felony interfere with an electronic monitoring device. Chambers' last known address was 529 Park Drive in Statesville.
You can see all of the suspects currently wanted in Iredell County 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 their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or their Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
The name of the victim has been released in a fatal Burke County accident first reported on WHKY yesterday. Published reports say 19-year-old Chelsea Buchanan of Valdese was killed in the wreck early Wednesday morning (July 12) west of Morganton. The wreck happened at around 5:30 a.m., when a car struck a tree at a high rate of speed on Waterford Way in the East Shore neighborhood on Lake James.
Buchanan was reportedly traveling 72 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Reports also say Buchanan was the mother of an 18-month-old daughter. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
17-year-old Matheson Tanner Painter was arrested Tuesday (July 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and second degree kidnapping.
He's charged in connection with an incident on June 29. In the early morning hours on that date, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to the 1000 Block of 21st Street Drive SE in Hickory in reference to a burglary. When officers arrived the person who'd reported the incident told them two people forced their way into the home and robbed the victims at gunpoint.
Investigators with the Sheriff's Office were able to develop suspects in the robbery and obtained warrants for Matheson Painter and Jose Ramirez-Barreto, both of Catawba County. Painter was arrested Tuesday, however Ramirez-Barreto was not in custody as of earlier today. Ramirez-Barreto is also facing counts of first degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and second degree kidnapping.
Painter was no longer listed as an inmate in the Catawba County Detention Facility, he was scheduled to make his first District Court appearance Wednesday (July 12). No additional court dates were listed.
A man charged with kidnapping, assault, and arson is now in custody in Catawba County. 25-year-old Gregory James Carson of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (July 12) in Statesville. He's charged by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office with felony counts of second degree arson, second degree kidnapping, and cruelty to animals. He's also charged with misdemeanor assault on a female.
Carson is charged with burning the home of a 34-year-old female victim on B.J. Drive in Conover. The fire killed two dogs, a flying squirrel and two fish. The suspect also allegedly kidnapped the woman and assaulted her by punching her in the right eye and dragging her through the residence by her arm. The incident occurred on July 5.
Carson is being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 15).
For the 32nd consecutive year, the city of Newton has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
The Newton Finance Department was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the city’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2016. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to GFOA.
Members of the Finance Department were honored for winning the award at the July 11 Newton City Council meeting. The GFOA established the certificate program in 1945 to encourage and assist governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles. Newton’s comprehensive annual financial reports are evidence of the city’s spirit of transparency and dedication to full disclosure.
An impartial panel awards the certificate after determining that a government meets the GFOA’s high standards and demonstrates a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate people to read its annual financial report. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association that serves about 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.
38-year-old Jennifer Nicole Golden and 31-year-old Daniel Lee Icenhour, both of the same address on Broome Street in Lincolnton, were both arrested by Lincolnton Police yesterday (July 11). Golden was charged with one misdemeanor count each of larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses and one felony count of possession of stolen goods. Icenhour was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a building and larceny.
On July 7, a homeowner on Walker Branch Road in Lincolnton reported that someone had stolen a push mower and bagger from his residence. On July 10, the mower was found at a pawnshop in Lincolnton. A pawn ticket showed that the mower was brought to the business by Jennifer Golden. The owner was able to identify the mower by a tear in the bagger.
In an unrelated case on July 10, Deputies responded to a call on the 1600 block of Jessica Ann Road in Lincolnton. The homeowner said he returned home from work to discover the garage door open and a leaf blower missing. Detectives found the leaf blower at a pawnshop in Conover where it had been pawned by Golden. It was recovered and returned to the owner.
Golden was jailed under a $7,000 secured bond, while Icenhour was given a $5,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today.