69-year-old Allen Franklin Morrison of Cleveland, NC and 38-year-old Tracy Ann Paulson of Statesville were both arrested Monday (April 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Morrison is charged with one count of possession of cocaine, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Paulson is charged with two counts of felony probation violation.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (April 12), on Monday, Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division received information that Tracy Ann Paulson, who was wanted on two probation violations, was going to be in the area of 1505 Salisbury Highway in Statesville. Detectives found Paulson in a vehicle in that area along with Allen Franklin Morrison. Paulson was asked to get out of the vehicle. Morrison was questioned about his involvement with Paulson, and checked for outstanding warrants.
Paulson was asked to remove her purse from the vehicle, and it was discovered that she had a prescription pill bottle in her purse with Morrison’s name on the bottle. Inside the prescription pill bottle Detectives found approximately two grams of crack cocaine and two glass pipes. Paulson insisted that Morrison placed the pill bottle in her purse. Detectives then asked Morrison to step out of the vehicle to be searched. They found a metal pipe in a Newport Cigarette box in the driver’s side door panel that appeared to have been used to smoke crack cocaine.
Morrison was jailed under $10,000.00 secured bond, Paulson's bond was set at $40,000 secured. Additional charges are likely against Paulson. Morrison has District Court dates April 19 and May 2 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for April 24. Paulson has a District Court date May 1 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for May 9.
39-year-old Johnny Tyrone Saunders of Ambassador Court in High Point was arrested at about 3:40 p.m. yesterday (April 12) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count apiece of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance and driving while license revoked.
He is accused of possessing seven grams of heroin. Saunders was in a 2017 Dodge Charger when he was taken into custody on the 700 block of 4th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $125,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for today and May 16.
18-year-old Lauren Skye Sulli and 23-year-old Michael Christian Jimenez, both of the same Sherrills Ford Road, Sherills Ford address, were both arrested Wednesday (April 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Sulli was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond, Jimenez was jailed under $11,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for both suspects for today (Thursday, April 13).
42-year-old Timothy Michael Smith of Statesville was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Statesville early Saturday morning (April 8).
The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 3300 block of East Broad Street, near Camelot Drive. When Statesville Police arrived, they found the only occupant of the vehicle deceased. The cause of the accident has not been determined.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Traffic Investigators are still awaiting results of an examination, including toxicology results, from the Medical Examiner’s office.
44-year-old Stephanie Mascho Lingerfelt of Lingerfelt Road in Vale was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 11) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
On April 8, a homeowner reported that someone had broken into his residence on the 900 block of McRee Road, northwest of Lincolnton. The suspect made entry by breaking the glass out of a back door. Stolen in the break-in were three Samsung televisions valued at $1,700 and personal papers. The residence was last known to be secure on April 1.
A neighbor told Deputies he saw Stephanie Mascho Lingerfelt enter the residence and carry items out to her car, which was parked nearby.
Following her arrest, Lingerfelt was processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and then released under a $9,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (April 12).
44-year-old Wendy Frances Haverstick of Statesville has been charged by Statesville Police with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault in the presence of a minor. Haverstick was served with the warrants this morning (April 12) at the Iredell County Jail.
She was arrested in connection to a shooting that stemmed from a domestic dispute between Wendy Haverstick and 48-year-old Christopher Michael Haverstick. The incident took place shortly after seven o’clock Saturday evening (April 8) at Michael Haverstick’s business, Quarterstick Quilting on North Center Street in Statesville. The business was closed at the time of the shooting.
According to Police, the couple had been separated for some time. Michael Havertstick was described as the suspect’s estranged husband. The couple’s minor child was present in the building at the time of the incident.
Mr. Haverstick was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital, suffering from gunshot wounds and was later flown to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for further care. He is still recovering at the hospital. Wendy Haverstick was taken to Davis Regional for treatment for minor non-life threatening injuries.
Wendy Haverstick was arrested and initially held without bond because the crime was domestic violence related; however, after a first appearance in court this morning, her bond was set at $30,000, secured. Her next appearance was set for May 1.
Snider Fleet Solutions, a national leader in tire and mechanical services for commercial trucks, has opened a new facility in Newton. It opened in October of last year.
The 455,000 square foot facility, located at 1545 St. James Church Road, provides space for production, administrative offices and an expansive distribution center. The production line features all-new, state-of-the-art Michelin Retread Technologies equipment. The facility is the company’s largest retreading plant.
With a 40-year history, Snider Fleet Solutions employs over 1,000 workers across the southeast. The company expects to hire at least 20 workers at the new location in Newton during 2017.
For more, visit sniderfleet.com.
34-year-old Marcus Albert Taylor of Poplar Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (April 11) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted in Richmond, Virginia. Following his arrest, Albert was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.
34-year-old Celeste Monte Hauser of 3rd Avenue S.E. and 45-year-old Carlus Maurice Lutz of 3rd Street Court S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (April 7). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine. Lutz was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to their arrests began as Officers saw a vehicle with two occupants in the parking lot at the Sunny Valley housing complex on 4th Avenue S.W. Officers knew that one of the vehicle’s occupants, Celeste Hauser, had an outstanding warrant. During a search of the vehicle, Police found 0.7 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Both occupants were taken into custody.
Hauser and Lutz were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hauser was given a $7,500 secured bond, while bond for Lutz was set at $1,500, secured. Both have since been released. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court Monday (April 10) with their next court dates coming up on May 1.
The Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last Thursday (April 6) at Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton.
The evening was a celebration of the hard work and dedication volunteers give to the ECCCM every day. In 2016 volunteers served 14,543 hours, saving the ministry over $342,633.
The Charlie Bunn Service Award was presented to Carol Dickinson. Ms. Dickinson served over 600 hours last year sorting donations that keep the ECCCM’s New-To-You Thrift Store stocked. Nominees for the award are selected by their peers with the winner chosen by a committee comprised of volunteers and staff members.
Entertainment for the evening was traditional Irish step dancing performed by the St. Joseph School of Irish Dancing.
The ECCCM is a Catawba County United Way Partner Agency. It is a non-profit crisis agency that provides assistance with mortgage & rent payments, utility bills, basic car repairs, hunger prevention programs and financial coaching. The ECCCM distributed 1.56 million pounds of food to 6,974 individuals in 2016.
For more information, contact Steve McNeely, Food Pantry Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-465-1702.
36-year-old Joshua Thomas Bowman of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday for a felony probation violation. He’s on probation while serving a 30-month suspended sentence following a conviction last month in Caldwell County for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance.
After his arrest yesterday, Bowman was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court on May 1 for a felony probation violation, plus a felony drug charge.
39-year-old Kimberly Poarch Triplett of Dynasty Lane in Hudson has been arrested by authorities in Caldwell County for failure to appear. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. Triplett will appear in Superior Court in Lenoir on April 24 on felony charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property, plus a felony probation violation.
27-year-old Daniel Jordan Cashion, who is listed as a homeless person, has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a bill of indictment for habitual breaking & entering. He also faces additional charges for breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and attempted larceny. Cashion was jailed yesterday in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He’ll appear in Superior Court on April 17 in Newton.
23-year-old Grayson Daniel Barger of S&K Road in Hickory has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for a felony probation violation. He’s on probation following a September 2012 conviction in Alexander County for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and a September 2014 conviction in Catawba County for felony larceny.
Barger was jailed yesterday (April 11) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on April 17 in Newton.
Pillar/Artisan has been selected as the group that will build the City of Morganton’s new skate park. The company’s concept was the most popular when presented during a public meeting held in December. The skate park will be located on the lower baseball field behind the Collett Street Recreation Center.
The builders are seeking more input from skaters and the public. The next skate park public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Mountain View Recreation Center. Parks & Recreation Department Director Rob Winkler said anyone interested in the new park should attend and provide input. The group will use the initial conceptual design and expand with public input.
After the design phase, Pillar/Artisan will create construction drawings, complete the site preparation and then build the park. Completion is planned for mid-August, pending weather and scheduling. Details should be firmed up at the April 20 meeting.
32-year-old Adnon Ahmed of West Columbia, South Carolina was arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers at about 7:30 Friday evening (April 7) on charges of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, felony altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was 40-year-old Nicole Gomez-Mostafa of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who faces the same felony charges.
The arrests were the result of a checking station at U.S. Highway 64 and Smith Farm Road. Sheriff’s Officers were joined by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Taylorsville Police Department and personnel from the state’s Division of Public Health, which provided the BAT Mobile out of Raleigh.
The two were taken into custody after Ahmed attempted to ingest packaged marijuana. They’re accused of possessing 109 units of CBD oil, which is the oil from a marijuana plant. The suspects came through the checkpoint in a white Ford Transit van with Mostafa driving and Ahmed as a passenger. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers conducted a search and found a large amount of CBD oil in the rear compartment of the van, along with other items including pipes, water bongs, scales and other paraphernalia.
Upon further investigation, Officers learned that Ahmed and Mostafa had a business, selling CBD oil and other items to various smoke shops in the area. The investigation is continuing with more charges pending.
Both suspects were taken to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. Ahmed was given a $40,000 secured bond, while Gomez-Mostafa’s bond was set at $20,00, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court on April 10. Ahmed has another court date on May 22. Gomez-Mostafa will next appear in court on May 1.
The victim in a fatal assault that occurred on April 9 in Boone has been identified as 55-year-old Gary Robert Caddell of Fisk Court in Raleigh.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on the ninth, Boone Police responded to 137 Stoneybrook Court in Boone regarding a traumatic injury resulting from a reported assault. Mr. Caddell was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The other involved party in the case is the victim’s son.
An autopsy was completed yesterday (April 11) at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. A complete autopsy report is not anticipated for several weeks.
The investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed at this time. According to Boone Police, the suspect is cooperating with Police and is not believed to be a danger to the community. The suspect’s identity has not been released.
In Catawba County Superior Court today (April 11), 37-year-old Bradley Scott Adams of Hickory was sentenced to 25-35 years in prison by the Honorable Casey M. Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life. Adams pleaded guilty to 15 counts of sexual offense with a child and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child.
In July 2013, Adams sexually assaulted an 11-year-old victim each day over a seven-day period. During a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim said Adams gave the child pills that caused drowsiness and then sexually assaulted the child each day.
The defendant committed a second offense on a six-year-old victim in December 2013, entering a bedroom and sexually assaulting the sleeping child. The victim shared those details in a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center.
Marisa Rogers investigated the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center. Jamie Adams handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
26-year-old Brittany Chantais Orgeron of Cinnabar Lane in Iron Station has been charged with one felony count each of larceny by servant and possession of stolen goods.
She’s accused of stealing more than $1,200 worth of North Carolina Education Lottery tickets from the convenience store where she was an employee. The incident occurred at the Jetway convenience store on Highway 27, east of Lincolnton. The theft occurred between March 17 and April 4 of this year.
Store officials discovered the missing lottery tickets and a few scratched off tickets that were placed back in the slot to be sold. Surveillance video shows the employee allegedly placing a stack of lottery tickets in her purse then taking the purse out to her car.
One of the scratch-off tickets valued at $500 and another $50 ticket were redeemed on March 25. Two other tickets had been redeemed on March 17.
During an interview, Orgeron admitted to taking the scratch off tickets. Detectives arrested the suspect when she reported for work on April 4. Orgeron was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was set for April 25.
City workers in Morganton have shut off water service to a section of Watermill Road today (April 11) to repair a water line break. About 50 customers on Watermill Road are affected, from Frank Whisnant Road to the Watermill Road Bridge. Workers expect to make repairs and restore water service by no later than 4:30 this afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the city’s Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.