A Lincolnton man is being sought by authorities in an arson case.
On the early morning hours of Monday, November 14, the Lincolnton Fire Department and Lincolnton Police Department units responded to Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton, 440 Salem Church Road for a suspicious fire call. Upon arrival, LFD quickly extinguished the fire. Additionally, fire and police units assisted Carillon personnel in removing residents from the building. There were no injuries. $5,000 in damage was done. Following an investigation, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set.
A warrant was secured for 22-year-old Tristan Michael Smith of Lincolnton for First Degree Arson. He is described as a white male, 6’03”, 148 lbs., brown hair, hazel eyes. Smith is possibly living on the 300 block of East Rhodes Street in Lincolnton. He may be operating a 2005 Jeep Liberty, silver or gold in color with a North Carolina license tag reading DJZ-1805, or a 2008 Kia Spectra, unknown color, four door vehicle with a North Carolina license tag reading of BJJ-8490.
If anyone has any information about Smith’s whereabouts, please contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909.
33-year-old Patrick Michael Robbins of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night on a long list of charges. The latest charges against Robbins include trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, carrying a concealed gun and resisting a public officer. He also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges of trafficking in opium or heroin (two counts); the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance; resisting a public officer; and defrauding drug & alcohol screening tests. In addition, there were outstanding warrants for a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation, driving while license revoked (two counts), failure to heed a light or siren, failure to stop for a steady red light, failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle (two counts), driving left of center, reckless driving to endanger (two counts), speeding (two counts), unsafe passing over a yellow line (two counts) and possession of firearm by felon.
He was arrested after Police were made aware that Robbins was at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Officers located Robbins, who then fled briefly on foot, but was quickly taken into custody. On his person, Officers found two packages containing china white heroin with a total weight of 16.6 grams, a baggie containing six grams of powder cocaine, 4.9 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a stun gun.
Robbins was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total secured bond of $999,000. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton. He has additional District Court dates on January 5, 9 & 19, plus a Superior Court appearance on February 6.
45-year-old Robbie Loyd Wike of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 25 counts of first degree statutory sex offense.
According to the Taylorsville Times, the incidents occurred in the Bethlehem Community. The victim was reportedly under the age of 12. The Times report says that the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety lists Wike as being on probation due to a September 2016 conviction in Alexander County. He was convicted in 2013 of indecent liberties with a child.
Bond was set at one-million dollars. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, his next appearance is scheduled for District Court next Monday (December 19).
27-year-old Seth Dixon Stepp of Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Stepp was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for January 9.
23-year-old Kacy Jebraun Corpening of Wellington Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and alter or remove a gun's serial number. Corpening was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for January 3.
The Lincolnton Police Department has conducted several online sex predator stings by undercover detectives over the last two months. The operation targeted offenders who communicated with undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys on various social media sites. During the operation, the offenders made arrangements to meet the undercover detectives posing as the underage children to engage in illegal sexual activity with the children. According to a news release issued Tuesday (December 13), as a result of the operation, six men were recently arrested and charged.
49-year-old Scott Philip Brule of Dallas, N.C. was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing and Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor. His bond was set at $20,000 secured.
53-year-old Roger Wayne Collins of Fort Mill, S.C. was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. His bond was set at $50,000 secured.
28-year-old Caleb Leslie Disorda of Vale was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. $30,000 secured bond was set for Disorda.
42-year-old Christopher William Lowe of Stanley was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. His bond was set at 80,000 secured.
47-year-old James Silas Ritter, III of Indian Trail was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. Ritter's bond was set at $70,000 secured.
51-year-old John Dixon Woods of China Grove was charged with
Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing and Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor. His bond was set at $50,000 secured.
These six arrests make a total of 21 offenders arrested in online sex predator stings by the Lincolnton Police Department in 2016 and more than 40 total since the Lincolnton Police Department has been conducting such operations. According to the news release, out of the previously arrested offenders, only one has been found not guilty. All of the other offenders have either plead guilty to the charges or were found guilty in jury trials.
Last Friday, (December 9), Burke County Animal Control received a call that a person had found some cats at a pull off on the side of the road about one-half mile from the Burke and Cleveland County line. There were approximately ten cats in the area. Some of the cats had been shot. Three that had been shot were still alive and two were found who were uninjured. Those five were brought to the Animal Control Shelter. The three cats that had been shot did not survive. The other two were transferred to Burke County Friends for Animals.
Citizens with information about this case can contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333 anytime day or night. Without providing their name, the caller will be assigned a number. If the caller’s information leads to an arrest of the suspect, the caller will be paid a reward. A check will be issued to the caller’s number and the caller picks up the check at a designated location.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has issued a “Silver Alert” and a “Code Red” alert for a missing woman. 32-year-old Carrie Elizabeth Gross of 1375 Bradford Mountain Road in Lenoir was reported missing by her husband around 10 a.m. Tuesday (December 13). She was last seen around 2 a.m., Sunday, December 11 at their home. Her husband told investigators that she has left before but usually returned in a day or two.
Investigators are unsure about potential foul play at this time. Ms. Gross did not take her own vehicle when she left. She is described as five feet and five inches (5’5”) tall and weighing 140 pounds. Her husband stated she was likely wearing silver and purple Sketcher shoes, as those shoes are missing as well.
A Silver Alert is regarding a person that has been diagnosed with physical or mental ailments.
Any one who knows the whereabouts of Ms. Gross is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324.
27-year-old James Edward Glover, Jr. of Avalon Avenue in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 a.m. yesterday (December 12) on outstanding felony warrants for assault with a deadly with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and the sale of cocaine. The warrants were issued on December 3 and September 28 of this year. He also faces charges on two additional counts for the sale of cocaine and three counts of maintaining a place for a controlled substance.
Glover was taken into custody without incident on the 3rd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton with a District Court date set for January 9 in Charlotte on the assault and firearms charges.
19-year-old Lance Vaughn Alton of Panoramic Lane in Denver was arrested last Saturday (December 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. As we reported yesterday (Monday, December 12) on WHKY, he was charged with multiple offenses in Iredell County and is also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle in Lincoln County.
The vehicle was stolen from an automotive repair business on Highway 150 East on Friday (December 9). Alton was charged in connection to the theft of a truck that had been left at the business for repair. The vehicle was recovered when Iredell County deputies were dispatched to a call south of Troutman where multiple vehicles were broken into. A deputy saw the pickup truck matching the description of a vehicle in the area of the crime scene and attempted to stop the truck.
Alton pulled into a wooded area and fled on foot. He was identified by a passenger in the truck. Alton was located and taken into custody. Alton's bond in Iredell County was set at $55,000 secured. He has an appearance scheduled in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday (December 14).
46-year-old Gary Lynn Overcash, Jr. of Statesville has been identified as the suspect in connection to the December 11 robbery of the Denver Mart on Highway 16 North in Denver. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for Overcash’s arrest on one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. As of this morning (December 13), Overcash had not been apprehended and is believed to be in the Statesville area.
Overcash was identified as the result of a tip from the Mooresville Police Department after an Officer recognized Overcash from surveillance photos that were distributed Saturday morning.
Overcash allegedly took $109 from the cash register at the Denver Mart. During the robbery, the suspect had his hand in his pocket and told the clerk he had a gun. He then fled the scene toward Highway 16.
Overcash also faces a number of additional charges in Iredell County, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a law enforcement officer to elude arrest, attempted common law robbery, larceny, communicating threats and traffic violations.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gary Lynn Overcash, Jr. should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
30-year-old William Lee Foster of Lee Mull Road on Highway 18 in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (December 12) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was arrested after Police stopped a white 2013 Ford Escape for taillights that weren’t working. The driver, William Lee Foster, pulled over in the parking lot at the Verizon store on Highway 70 S.E.
Officers ran the VIN number and learned that the Mocksville Police Department in Davie County had reported the Ford stolen. Foster was taken into custody without incident.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested today (Tuesday, December 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and two counts of failure to appear. Calloway was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court January 19 and Superior Court January 23.
52-year-old Larry Gene Johnson was arrested Monday (December 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (December 14).
Granite Falls Man Charged With Indecent Liberties After Inappropriate Photos Reportedly Found On PhoneWritten by Rob Eastwood
34-year-old Michael Lee Dula of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a minor and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
The arrest was made after confidential information was received that Dula had inappropriate photographs and videos of underage girls stored on his mobile device. It is unclear at this point how or if Dula knows the girls in the photos and videos.
Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is ongoing.
The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning consumers who shop for holiday gifts online that there is a new phishing scam devised to obtain your personal information. The flim-flam is conducted by the scammers using e-mail.
These holiday phishing e-mails claim to come from shippers like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service, and the subject lines say there’s been a problem delivering a package to your home. The e-mail may ask you to click a link for more information or download a form to pick up your package. But the message actually contains malware or ransomware that can give criminals access to your personal information and your money.
Thieves are counting on you being distracted by the holiday shopping season. To avoid falling victim to this phishing scam the following tips are offered by NCDOJ:
Be cautious if you receive a delivery notice for a package you don’t remember ordering.
Don’t click links or download attachments from unfamiliar or unsolicited emails.
Check delivery emails carefully to make sure they’re legitimate. If you find mistakes in your name, the company information, or company website, don’t click on the message and delete it immediately.
If you have questions about a real package, check shipping information on the website you ordered from or contact the shipper directly using their official phone number.
If you think you’ve become the target of a phishing scam, report it to the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
42-year-old Joel Kenneth Schutt of Bush Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of kidnapping, breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Schutt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, December 13).
48-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a coin or currency machine. Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 13).
31-year-old Benjamin Troy Sims of Hillside Drive in Newton was arrested Monday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of kidnapping and breaking and entering along with misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury and carrying a concealed gun. Sims was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,750 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 13), and February 10.
A Catawba County man received 90 days jail time and a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges connected with a wreck that claimed the lives of two teenagers.
20-year-old Jacob Dalton Turner of Claremont pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (December 12).
Turner entered the plea in connection to the October 2014 traffic deaths of Alec Calvin Sigmon and Justin Michael Turner, a pair of 15-year-old high school sophomores. They were both ejected from the vehicle driven by Turner and killed as a result of a high-speed, single-vehicle crash.
The sentence was left to the discretion of the Honorable Mark E. Klass, Superior Court Judge from Davidson County, and he imposed a suspended sentence of 29 to 54 months for Turner, requiring that he serve 36 months of supervised probation. The defendant also must spend 90 days in jail, served at the discretion of his probation officer, and he cannot drive for a period of two years. In addition, Judge Klass ordered that Turner speak to high school students about the consequences of speeding and reckless driving.
Jacob Turner briefly addressed the families of Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner, saying, “I am very sorry for the things I have put you through. I’ve had a hard time dealing with the consequences.”
Investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol showed that Jacob Turner was driving a 2002 Mercedes Benz C-240 at a speed in excess of 90 mph when the vehicle went off the side of Riverbend Road, struck a ditch culvert and went airborne. The vehicle landed 72 feet and continued to travel out of control down an embankment, striking several trees and ejecting Sigmon and Justin Turner from the rear passenger area of the vehicle.
Seventeen-year-old Jessica Joy Sigmon and Chloe Allison Cordell also were injured in the crash. Cordell’s injuries required her to be taken to Wake Forest Baptist Regional Medical Center for extensive care.
Family members for both Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner addressed the court about the impact the defendant’s actions had on their lives. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles also read statements from Jessica Sigmon and Cordell regarding the fatal crash and how losing a brother and a friend had affected them.
Troopers J.D. Connor, K.W. Stewart and D.E. Souther led the investigation for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Lance Sigmon and Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.