35-year-old Brandon Earl Little of Grizzles Point in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (Wednesday, July 20) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault & battery, larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The warrants for Little’s arrest were issued last month (June 2016) on three different dates.
Little was taken into custody at a Lutheran church on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance on the B&E and larceny charges was scheduled for today with a District Court date coming up on August 1.
On Wednesday (July 20), the Catawba County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug suspect round-up entitled "Operation 98 Degrees." According to the most recent information released by the Sheriff's Office, the operation began at 6 a.m. Wednesday and concluded later in the day with 39 defendants in custody.
A majority of the charges stem from purchases of controlled substances made by undercover drug task force officers. The drug task force is made up of investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Maiden Police Department, and Homeland Security.
22-year-old Rebekah Larae Arney of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and felony larceny. Following the arrest, Arney was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 21).
An early morning fire Wednesday (July 20) caused damage to a Morganton home along with a nearby residence, and displaced residents.
Wednesday at 4 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a structure fire at 607 Alexander Avenue. Upon arriving on scene, public safety officers found that all occupants were out of the residence. The residence was fully engulfed in flames on the northwest end and flames were coming out of the roof. The fire spread rapidly through the structure within minutes and heat from the fire melted vinyl siding from a nearby house.
Burke County EMS and the Burke County Rescue Squad responded to assist firefighters with rehabilitation and to treat any injuries. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes and was declared out within two hours. Firefighters and investigators were on the scene for over three more hours conducting overhaul to ensure the fire did not rekindle.
The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family members, who were displaced by the early morning blaze. There were no injuries related to the fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. No damage estimate was released.
25-year-old Edward Roger McCraw of Millers Park Lane in Vale has been arrested by Officers in Lincoln County on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
McCraw is the second person charged in connection to a June 25, break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale. As reported previously on WHKY, a former employee, 45-year-old Crystal Lynn Dellinger of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale, was arrested earlier this month on the same charges. The pair is accused of stealing $202 from the cash register in the restaurant.
McCraw was arrested after Detective Matt Burgess received information that he was staying at a location in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police found McCraw yesterday (July 19) on South Laurel Street, near the intersection with Rhodes Street. He was detained and turned over to Detective Burgess for processing.
McCraw gave a full confession and was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $9,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.
29-year-old Felicia Denise Harrison of Reedham Court in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (July 19) on misdemeanor and felony counts of larceny. She was also charged with a felony parole violation and she was charged as an habitual felon.
Harrison was arrested in connection to an incident on November 6 of last year at the Priscilla McCall’s store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The store manager told Police that three black females entered the store. As they exited the store, a security sensor went off. The manager confronted the women, who eventually left.
A review of video surveillance later determined that one of the women removed a pink, Evolve Dream Maker dual stimulator from the package, put it in her purse and left without paying. The woman was identified as Felicia Harrison and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Harrison has previous larceny convictions in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. She was on parole as a result of those convictions and had been absconder by the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole.
Harrison was taken into custody without incident yesterday on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory’s Ridgeview area. She has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,750 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
45-year-old Richard Leroy Lowman, Jr. of “B” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eight o’clock last night (July 19) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
He was arrested after Police executed a search warrant at Lowman’s residence. They found 196.5 grams of marijuana, scales and a pipe.
Lowman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (July 19). Retiring members of boards and commissions were recognized and thanked for their service to the community. Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda all passed unanimously. A departmental report was discussed in regard to approving a memorandum of understanding with Habitat for Humanity. That item was passed unanimously. In addition during last night's meeting, Dr. Trish Johnson was voted unanimously to the Public Housing Authority Board.
46-year-old Anthony O'Brian Hill of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony second degree forcible rape.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, July 20), on Friday (July 15), investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault to a 31-year-old female in the Hiddenite community. After telling police that she had been sexually assaulted, Rape Crisis was contacted and met with the victim at the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was later taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.
Hill was arrested at his residence in connection with the reported incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center. He was locked up under $250,000 Secured Bond. His next appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 25) in District Court.
31-year-old Dustin Allen Lewis of East Pine Street in Marion was arrested Monday (July 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of child abuse with severe bodily injury and child abuse with serious physical injury. Lewis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for September 12.
26-year-old Jessica Janea Wilson of 3rd Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with three counts apiece of sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule I controlled substance, and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance at a child care center. Wilson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, July 20).
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List, there are some new names listed among those being sought.
One of those names added to the list is 25-year-old Kerry Z. Ravenell. He's wanted on a felony charge of flee to elude arrest. He's also charged with driving while license revoked and reckless driving. Ravenell's last known address was 1603 Old Wilkesboro Road in Statesville.
Another new name on the list is 35-year-old Stephanie M. Morrow. She's wanted on a charge of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. Morrow's last known address was 131 Club Drive in Mooresville.
Also being sought by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office is 33-year-old Lenard Cowan. He's wanted for failure to report address as a sex offender, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Cowan's last known address was 112 Ashleybrook Lane 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 regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects contact the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.
19-year-old Kalob Ryan Pegram of A Street and 22-year-old Lloyd Allen Roark Jr. of Ancroft Lane, both from Lincolnton, were both arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Pegram is charged with one felony count each of trafficking opiates by sale, trafficking opiates by delivery, and trafficking opiates by possession. Roark is charged with one felony count of trafficking opiates by possession.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested the two suspects on Tuesday after seizing a trafficking amount of opioid-based pills during a surveillance operation. Narcotics detectives seized a large amount of Hydrocodone pills in a parking lot of a business located near the 1900 block of Gastonia Highway, south of Lincolnton.
According to detectives, two individuals made contact with each other in the parking lot and detectives saw what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction between them. Narcotics detectives approached the individuals to investigate further. After a search of both subjects and their vehicles, detectives seized a trafficking amount of Hydrocodone pills.
Following their arrests, Pegram and Roark were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. They were each detained under $50,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in Lincoln County District Court today (Wednesday, July 20).
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has located a missing teenager.
Detective Frank Runyon located 16-year-old Dax Moore Cranmer of 722 Endell Street in Denver. He was found Tuesday afternoon (July 19) and returned him to his parent. Cranmer left home on Monday (July 18) after getting into a verbal disagreement.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a news release they appreciate the response from the public in the efforts to locate Cranmer.
40-year-old Nowlin Powell Crooks of 19th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after midnight today (July 19) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses, plus one misdemeanor count each of larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Police arrest reports indicate that the complainant in this case is also the suspect’s nearest relative. The complainant and the suspect live at the same 19th Avenue S.W. address. The warrants for Crooks’ arrest were issued on April 27 and May 1 of this year.
Crooks was taken into custody without incident at 12:53 this morning at the intersection of 19th Avenue S.E. and South Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
43-year-old Tammy Jean Long of 1st Avenue South in Conover was arrested today (Tuesday, July 19) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Conover Police Department. The Sheriff's Office charged her with possession of methamphetamine. Conover Police charged Long with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Long was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (Wednesday, July 20).
An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal stabbing in Statesville. 47-year-old Gary Scott Smith of Statesville was arrested today (Tuesday, July 19) and charged with murder.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday (July 18), Statesville Police Officers responded to the 1000 block of West End Avenue. When they arrived, they found an unconscious person in a back bedroom suffering from stab wounds.
Iredell EMS responded to the scene and the victim was pronounced deceased on the scene. The victim in this case is 21-year-old Kailab Schylar Payne of Morganton. The Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and began their probe into the incident.
As a result of the investigation, a suspect who was still on the scene, Gary Scott Smith, was taken into custody and charged in this case. He was detained at the Iredell County Detention Center under no bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance today.
30-year-old Jimmy Ryan Hartley of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 yesterday morning (July 18) on three felony counts of identity theft and two misdemeanor counts of larceny.
He was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Lowes Foods store on 14th Avenue N.E. Officers arrived to find the manager running, on foot, along 3rd Street N.E. The manager told Police he was chasing a white male who ran into the parking lot at Hickory High School.
Officers then located the suspect, Jimmy Hartley, in the school parking lot, where they detained him. Officers found deodorant that Hartley allegedly stole from the store in the suspect’s pocket.
When Police ran a routine records check on the suspect, they found he had outstanding felony indictments for identity theft. Those warrants were issued in May of this year.
Hartley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,750 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today, with a District Court date coming up on September 1.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. Detective Frank Runyon is investigating the case of 16-year-old Dax Moore Cranmer of 722 Endell Street in Denver. The teen left home on Monday (July 18) after getting into an verbal disagreement.
He is described as a white male, six feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and piercings in his ears and lip. Cranmer was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the sleeves cut off, white gym shorts, and gray tennis shoes. He may possibly be in the Catawba, Gaston or Lincoln County areas.
Anyone with information of Dax Moore Cranmer’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
A Caldwell County company that charged advance fees to restore old vending machines but failed to finish jobs is banned from accepting payments until consumers are satisfied with the work done. This is according to Attorney General Roy Cooper, who made the announcement Monday (July 18).
At Cooper's request, Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens entered a preliminary injunction barring Antiquities Vending Company of Granite Falls, and its owner Alan Huffman from advertising or entering into agreements with consumers for the purpose of accepting advance payment for antique restoration work, meaning the company and Huffman are prohibited from taking upfront payments for any machine restoration work in the state. If the defendants deliver a machine to a consumer, they cannot accept final payment until the consumer is completely satisfied.
Under the court order, defendants are also required to turn over detailed financial information including assets and liabilities and a list of all consumers with whom the company has done business.
Antiquities Vending Company also operated under the name Antique Vending. The company accepted business from consumers across the country and abroad. In April, Cooper filed a lawsuit against Antiquities Vending and Mr. Huffman, asking the court to order the defendants to return all unshipped packages or reimburse consumers for the value of their contents. The Attorney General’s Office filed the lawsuit based upon complaints from 54 consumers who hired Antiquities Vending complained that the company failed to complete the work on time, provided false updates and shipping estimates, and never returned their property or provided refunds.
Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division heard from several consumers who said that Huffman misled them about when their restoration work would be completed and avoided their attempts to contact him about missed deadlines. In other instances, Huffman responded to concerned consumers by insisting that their antiques were on their way and provided copies of shipping labels as proof, but the shipping companies said no such shipments had been scheduled. After paying thousands of dollars in upfront deposits, many consumers waited months or even years beyond the completion date initially promised by Huffman without receiving their machine or a refund.
Any North Carolina consumer who hired Antiquities Vending without receiving their property or a refund is encouraged to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Help is available toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. Consumers can also file a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.