24-year-old Taylor Denise Weston of VFW Road in Morganton and 21-year-old Emillio Jesus Villarreal of Huntdale Road in Burnsville were both arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule II and IV controlled substance. Weston is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and Villarreal is charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.
According to a news release issued Thursday (January 10), On December 26, 2018, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance call at a residence on Clay Street in Morganton. The caller advised there was a man that was threatening people with a firearm. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with individuals in a vehicle who were identified as a Taylor Denise Weston and Emillio Jesus Villarreal. Following an investigation, Villarreal and Weston were arrested and charged.
Villarreal received an $11,000 secured bond and Weston received a $5,500.00 secured bond. Weston and Villarreal were transported to the Burke/Catawba District Confinement Facility. Villarreal remained in jail as of today (January 11), bond is now listed at $13,000 secured. Weston was no longer listed as an inmate. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.
21-year-old Joseph Austin Vanbuskirk of London Street in Glen Alpine was arrested Monday (January 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Vanbuskirk is also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance.
According to a news release issued Thursday (January 10), on December 14, 2018, NC Probation and Parole Officers and Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives went to a residence on London Street in Glen Alpine. Upon arrival, probation officers made contact with Joseph Austin Vanbuskirk, who was currently on probation for a felony conviction. Officers located a rifle inside the residence, as well as heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Vanbuskirk was taken to the magistrate's office on a probation violation charge and detectives issued warrants on the drug and firearm charges. Vanbuskirk received a $15,000 secured bond and was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County as of Friday (January 11). His next District Court date is scheduled for January 28.
A Lincoln County woman who had been reported missing has been found and is safe. 50-year-old Carmen Graham Mims of Tomes Road in Lincolnton was reported missing by her father yesterday (January 9).
Ms. Mims had last been seen on January 3 as she was going to Frankfurt, Pennsylvania to pick up an individual. She told her employer she would not be at work because of a family emergency.
Family members contacted the Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office today. The family reported that they had made contact with Ms. Mims and that she is safe.
23-year-old Calvin Deshon Alexander of Scotts Creek Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to sell a controlled substances. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, January 1, an Officer made contact with Alexander on Scotts Creek Road at Stevenson Farm Road at a license checkpoint. Alexander drove away after speaking with the Officer. About 15 minutes later, Alexander came back through the checking station and the Officer approached Alexander’s vehicle a second time.
The Officer detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search turned up 128.5 grams of marijuana hidden in Alexander's clothing. Marijuana paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle.
Alexander was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where bond was set at $4,000, secured. He will next appear in District Court on March 27.
40-year-old Jason Craig Connolly and 33-year-old Tralaina Mognet, both of the same Trinity Road, Statesville address, were arrested Wednesday (January 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with two felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of meth.
On Wednesday deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence on Trinity Road to make an attempt to serve child support warrants on Tralaina Mognet. While looking for Mognet, they saw what they believed to be ingredients and containers that are used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The deputies secured the area and called for assistance at the location from investigators with the Narcotics Investigation Unit. Investigators arrived and verified the items had been and were still being used to make methamphetamine. A search warrant was obtained along with witnesses statements. Narcotics Investigators collected the items as evidence.
Bond for Connolly was set at $400,000 secured. Mognet received a $125,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed.
30-year-old Johnathan Eugene Parker and 29-year-old Lee Jonathan Phillip Henry, both from the same address on Rifle Range Road in Conover, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 10) on drug charges. Both men were charged with one felony count each of possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Parker was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. Henry faces additional charges for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, plus four counts of failure to appear on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and driving while license revoked.
Parker and Henry were taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 a.m. today at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. They were both jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Parker was held without bond, while Henry's bond was set at $20,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton. Henry will also make an appearance on the failure to appear charges on January 30.
47-year-old Nereyda Garcia Salazar of Pasedena, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:50 yesterday afternoon (January 9) on one felony count of trafficking in opium or heroin.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on December 13 of last year when Officers saw a suspicious person at a restaurant on Fairgrove Church Road. During the incident, Officers found 2.5 pounds of heroin.
Salazar was taken into custody yesterday without incident at a Salvation Army facility on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
A Lincoln County man was sentenced to a lengthy prison term in connection with a child sexual assault case reported in September of 2018. A second suspect is also facing charges in this case.
On Wednesday (January 9), 29-year-old Douglas Glenn Queen, Jr., of Koliha Lane in Maiden appeared in Lincoln County Superior Court on charges first degree statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a child and felony child abuse in a case prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lydia Hoza.
Queen entered a plea of guilty to all charges and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges sentenced Queen to a minimum of 276 months to a maximum of 392 months, or 23 years to 32 years, eight months, in the North Carolina Prison System. When he is released from prison Queen will receive 30 months of supervised probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and be subject to satellite monitoring.
Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington said the victim in the case was between the ages of one and three-years-old at the time of the offense. A permanent no contact order has also been put in place preventing Queen from ever having contact with the victim. The victim is related to Queen.
A second person, 27-year-old Ashley Nichole Lattimore, also of Koliha Lane in Maiden, is facing the same charges. She is expected to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on Friday (January 11). Lattimore remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.
37-year-old Jossie Jane Lester of Sunset Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 10) for felony failure to appear on two counts of larceny by servant or other employee and failure to appear on a felony probation violation. She was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Lester is on probation as she serves a suspended sentence following an August 2016 conviction in Catawba County for felony larceny by servant or other employee.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 45 minutes after midnight at a shopping center on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Lester was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $101,000, secured. She'll appear in District Court on January 30 and in Superior Court on March 21, both in Newton.
35-year-old Timothy Edward Huffman of Phipps Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of identity theft and uttering a forged instrument, plus three counts of misdemeanor larceny.
According to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Office this morning (January 9), a report was filed on September 5 of last year regarding fraudulent checks written against a male victim's bank account. The crimes occurred between August 19 and September 4. The suspect attempted to cash one of the fraudulent checks in Brunswick County. Another check was deposited in the account of an Alexander County resident.
Investigators with the Sheriff's Economic Crimes Unit learned that Huffman stole a person’s identity and opened a bank account into which he was able to funnel the forged checks. Investigators also learned that Huffman stole mail from several locations in northern Iredell County in an attempt to gain materials needed to manufacture stolen checks and obtain banking information.
Huffman was initially arrested on September 13 on the misdemeanor larceny charges and given a $3,000 secured bond. He was served with the felony warrants on December 31. Bond on those charges was set at $8,000, secured.
Investigators shared their information with sheriff's offices in Brunswick County and Cabarrus County, where additional charges were filed. Huffman's total bond now stands at $108,000, secured. The only currently listed court dates for Huffman are on January 16 and February 20 in Iredell Co. District Court.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. 50-year-old
Carmen Graham Mims of Tomes Road in Lincolnton was reported missing by her father on Wednesday (January 9). He told Detective Kelly Paris that Mims was last seen on January 3 and was going to Frankfurt, Pennsylvania to pick up an individual. She also told her employer she would not be at work because of a family emergency.
Mims is described as a black female, 4' 11" and weighing around 160 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Mims was operating a black in color 2007 Toyota Camry with North Carolina license plate TPD-1955. She has been entered NCIC as a missing person.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Carmen Graham Mims is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
60-year-old Sharon Denise Logan, of Lenoir, will spend six to eight years in prison following her conviction for larceny by defeating an anti-theft device, habitual larceny and admission of her habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (January 9).
The Honorable Lora Cubbage, Superior Court Judge from Guilford County, imposed the active sentence for Logan following her guilty plea. The defendant will serve her term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Officer Clint Lail of the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a Burke County business on April 20, 2016, in reference to a larceny complaint. He spoke with the store’s loss prevention staff who identified Logan as a suspect in the theft of three women’s handbags. Surveillance footage showed the defendant cutting the anti-theft devices from the bags before leaving the store.
Logan’s habitual larceny charge came as a result of multiple convictions in Burke and Caldwell counties for misdemeanor larceny or shoplifting offenses as well as several felony larceny-related convictions. The defendant’s prison sentence was enhanced by her habitual felon status stemming from convictions for felony larceny (1998), possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine (1995) and obtaining property by false pretense (1987), all in Caldwell County.
Officer Lail handled the investigation for the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert prosecuted the matter for the State.
43-year-old Ronald Ray Billings was arrested Wednesday (January 9) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. The charge is on a warrant from 2016. Billings was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail under no bond. No court date was listed.
27-year-old Cory Andrew Birchfield of Denwood Drive in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Birchfield was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 10).
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing in Morganton next Wednesday (January 16) at 7 p.m. to take comments on proposed changes to agency regulations related to enforcement, wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands for the 2019-2020 seasons. The public hearing will be held at Western Piedmont Community College’s Leviton Auditorium located at 1001 Burkemont Ave. in Morganton.
The comment period for the proposed regulations will run through February 1, 2019. More information on all of the proposed regulations for the 2019-20 seasons can be found in the 2019-2020 Public Hearing Booklet. Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted online, at the public hearing, emailed (including full name and address) to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701
After collecting and considering all public comments, the wildlife commissioners will meet in February to decide whether to adopt the proposals. Approved proposals will take effect August 1, 2019.
29-year-old Michael Allen Benfield was arrested Wednesday (January 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Benfield was arrested just after 3 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $13,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled Friday (January 11).
36-year-old Ashley Danielle Mays of C & H Place in Boomer was arrested Wednesday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three counts of felony larceny, two counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Mays was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 10).
48-year-old Jerry Shayne Elrod of Plaza Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny, and one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. Elrod was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $112,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 10).
20-year-old Hunter Dawson Vanhorn of 17th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, four counts of misdemeanor probation violation, domestic violence protection order violation, assault on a female, and resisting a public officer. Vanhorn was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $41,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for January 14, January 22, and January 23.
29-year-old Brandon Maurice Duff of Potts Street in Davidson and 34-year-old Dominic Antwan Diggs of Garfield Street in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana. They were also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Duff faces one felony count of maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance.
At about 7:15 Sunday evening (January 6), two Officers were on foot patrol in the area of East Wilson Avenue and South Church Street in Mooresville after receiving complaints about possible drug activity in the area. The Officers saw a vehicle parked on the roadside occupied by two individuals who appeared to be conducting a drug deal.
The Officers spoke to the vehicle's occupants and identified them as Brandon Maurice Duff and Dominic Antwan Diggs. A search of the vehicle turned up approximately seven grams of crack cocaine, over 40 grams of marijuana and numerous items consistent with the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics.
Duff and Diggs were taken into custody and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Duff was given a $40,000 secured bond and Diggs' bond was set at $35,000 secured bond. Duff will appear in Superior Court on January 14 with District Court dates on February 18 and March 8. Diggs has a District Court date on January 28.
Duff is a verified Blood gang member and is currently on probation for the sale & delivery of marijuana. He has previous convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine, the sale of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and multiple driving while license revoked charges.
Diggs is currently on probation for the sale of cocaine. He has previous convictions for attempted trafficking in heroin, opiates or opium, sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance (two counts), sale & delivery of marijuana (four counts), sale & delivery of cocaine (two counts), possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana (four counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and two counts of second-degree trespassing.