17-year-old Travis Cole Mosher of Brick Kiln Way in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering to a building, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
On July 27, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of vehicle break-ins and the theft of motor vehicles. A stolen vehicle from Isle of Pines Road in Mooresville was later recovered off of Brick Kiln Way Mooresville. Around the same time that vehicle was reported stolen, authorities received calls regarding jet-skis being stolen from community marinas at Cove Creek Loop off of Isle of Pines Road and across the cove at Squam Court.
Deputies also responded to a break-in to a vehicle along with the larceny of a vehicle in progress on Poplis Road off of Brawley School Road. Once on scene Deputies determined the suspect jumped and ran from the stolen car that was found at the end of Poplis Road in the cul-de-sac abandoned with the keys still in it. A K9 Officer responded to the scene and began tracking. The track led Officers to a maintenance building belonging to Trump National Golf Club.
Deputies searched the area and located another vehicle with its parking lights on and keys inside in a wooded area near the maintenance building. It was quickly determined this vehicle belonged to Trump National Golf Club. As Deputies continued to search it was discovered the gate to the maintenance building and a window to the building had been pried open.
Another stolen vehicle report came in on Sunday July 30. This vehicle was stolen from Easton Drive in the Point and later recovered a short distance away at the intersection of Jeremy Point Place and Poplis Drive, the same area where the vehicles were stolen from the night before.
During the investigation, Detectives interviewed multiple victims and witnesses about possible suspects. They received information about a suspect named Travis who lived in the area where the crimes had occurred. A witness told officers he was a passenger in one of the stolen vehicles, not knowing it was stolen.
Additional witnesses were located who indicated that Travis Cole Mosher had been driving the stolen vehicles. Mosher was also connected to the boat breaking-ins and stolen Jet Ski’s in the area of Milford Circle.
The investigation revealed that the suspect would take cars and Jet Skis for joy rides along with other crimes including setting off fire extinguishers while out at night.
Mosher was placed under arrest, transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and given a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for August 18.
There are two new names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings was recently added to the Most Wanted List. She's wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Ridings' last known address was 5851 Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls. She was added to the list last Friday (July 28).
29-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton AKA Jonathan Howell is wanted by authorities in Burke County. Under charges for Singleton it says he has an active bond but was released from Ashe County. Singleton's last known address was 3206 Windy Hill Drive, Lot 3, in Valdese. He was also added to the list last Friday.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an anonymous tip to Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 828-437-3333.
24-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Becky's Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with traffick in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Stephenson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $251,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 7).
30-year-old Dorian Roshad Ferguson of Legion Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felonious possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, plus two probation violations.
Ferguson was arrested as part of an undercover operation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department. The investigation was the result of numerous complaints concerning high-volume traffic at Ferguson’s residence and suspicious persons in the area. During the investigation, several grams of a substance believed to be heroin were confiscated.
Ferguson was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $1-million secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir on Monday (August 7).
Agents say the investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.
19-year-old Spencer Shawn Kain of Union Street in Maiden was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Kain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 4).
28-year-old Joii Sharood Moon of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) for a felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Moon is serving a 36-month suspended sentence following a February 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for obtaining property by false pretense. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Moon was taken into custody without incident shortly before 4 a.m. today on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for September 5 with a Superior Court date scheduled in December.
Today (August 3) at 6:09 a.m., officers from the Newton Police Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on US 321 (Southwest Blvd) just south of NC Highway 10 West. Upon arrival, officers discovered a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle traveling north on US 321.
According to a news release, early indications are that 58-year-old Randy Dale Benfield of Newton was attempting to cross US 321 from Burger King walking west toward the Circle K located at the intersection of NC 10 Hwy and US 321. As Mr. Benfield was standing in the northbound turn lane, he was struck by a Chevrolet Impala. It appears that the driver was attempting to merge left into the northbound turn lane when he struck Mr. Benfield. The ambient light conditions were low at the time which officers currently believe led to the driver not seeing Mr. Benfield standing in the roadway.
Surveillance video from surrounding businesses appears confirm this sequence of events. Mr. Benfield was treated at the scene by Newton Fire, Catawba County EMS, Newton-Conover Rescue and Newton Police. He was transported from the scene via Med Center Air to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte where he is currently listed in critical condition. The news release does not state that the driver has been charged in the incident.
On Friday (August 4), the Newton Police Department will be hosting a regional “Watch for Me NC” training for area law enforcement participating in the statewide “Watch for Me NC” program. “The “Watch for Me NC” program, which started with a pilot program in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties in 2012, each year invites communities across North Carolina to become partner communities. As part of that effort, partner communities receive additional support and training from NCDOT.” This year the City of Newton Police Department was selected to participate in this statewide program which “aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high visibility law enforcement.” More information about the “Watch for Me NC” program can be found at www.watchformenc.org.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit released additional photos today (August 3) of a vehicle and person of interest in a home invasion that occurred on July 20.
Detectives say the vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan in color 1990’s model Ford Taurus. The right front hub cap is missing from the car. An additional photo of the driver of the car was obtained from a Charlotte resident who had a surveillance camera set up in his driveway because of recent break-ins. The additional photos provide a better look at the person of interest and the vehicle. The vehicle does not have a license plate but a forged auto dealer plate with the name of a fictitious company.
On Thursday, July 20 at approximately 12:15 p.m. an elderly woman returned to her residence on Sifford Road in eastern Lincoln County. She saw a gold or tan colored sedan parked in her carport. The door to the home was partially open and she entered the residence. She thought a relative was inside the home so she entered not knowing the door had actually been kicked in.
The woman encountered a slim built black male approximately 18 to 22-years-old and armed with a black handgun. He took the woman into a back room of the house and placed her in a chair telling her he didn’t want to hurt her. She called 911 while the suspect was in the residence. The suspect left the residence with a flat screen tv and a lock box.
Detectives say with the cooperation of area businesses and a homeowner in Charlotte they were able to locate surveillance photos of the suspect vehicle and the person of interest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
28-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of O.E. Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) on multiple failure to appear warrants. Those warrants are connected to three separate habitual felony charges, felony escape from a local jail, prostitution, soliciting prostitution, identity theft, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance. She was also charged with failure to appear on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Chafin was taken into custody without incident just after 1 a.m. today on the 900 block of 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she is being held without bond. A Superior Court date was set for September 5 in Newton.
32-year-old Crystal Nicole Randleman of Stratford Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested today (August 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with two counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, sale and delivery of meth, and manufacture, sale, delivery, or possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park. Randleman was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (August 7).
25-year-old Timothy Cole Banner was arrested Tuesday (August 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture schedule I controlled substance. Banner was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at an address on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Tuesday (August 8).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has issued a news release with an update on a death investigation. Tuesday morning (August 1), 61-year-old Brenda Ross was found deceased in her mobile home at J & R Mobile Home Park on NC 18/U.S. 64 in Morganton. The findings thus far, which include the result of the autopsy which was conducted Wednesday (August 2), do not show any signs of foul play. The investigation is continuing.
37-year-old Tou Lee of Startown Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with the sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. Lee was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 3).
48-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix, who is listed as a homeless woman from Taylorsville, was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Pinnix was detained this morning (August 3) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
18-year-old Zachery Allen Andrews of Thornburg Avenue in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, along with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering, injury to real property, and injury to personal property. Andrews is also charged with failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor probation violation. He was confined at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,560 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 10, a Superior Court date is September 11.
Early Wednesday morning (August 2), Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies helped a western Lincoln County family escape from their burning home in the 6600 block of NC 27 Highway West.
A passing motorist called the Lincoln County Communications Center shortly after midnight Wednesday morning when he noticed flames coming from a window air conditioning unit and the side of the residence. The man was able to extinguish the fire in the air conditioning unit with a garden hose but the fire spread into the side of the house.
The deputies, responding to the call with fire departments and EMS, asked several people near the residence if anyone was still inside but they said they could not get anyone to the door. Deputy E. Cooke was aware that an older couple lived in the home and tried to make entry into the residence. Sgt. R. Hoernlen arrived on the scene and also attempted to enter the residence. He was able to release the dead bolt and get inside the home.
The officers stated they could not see flames but could feel the heat, and smoke was filling the home when they encountered the female resident who seemed disoriented and carrying a baseball bat because she thought someone was breaking into her home. The officer grabbed the bat and told her she needed to get out of house because it was on fire. They were able to move her to safety. The husband came into the kitchen and was told to get out of the house to safety. The couple told officers that no one else was in the residence. They were checked by Lincoln County EMS at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Fire units arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire in the home.
38-year-old Chali Demon Young of Oak Hill Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, with that substance being crack cocaine, and maintain a dwelling for controlled substances, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team, Narcotics Task Force Investigators and deputies executed a search warrant at 1448 Oak Hill Drive in Morganton. Following the search, Young was arrested and charged with the drug offenses.
Following the arrest, Young was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 3) in Morganton.
33-year-old Christopher Michael Martin was arrested today (August 2) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle. Martin was placed in jail in Morganton under $2,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
The Career Center of the Triad is sponsoring a free job fair tomorrow (August 3) in Hickory. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue N.E. The event is intended to provide resources for people looking for employment and resumé assistance.
The job fair will run in conjunction with an online virtual hiring event. Combined, the two events have over 50 job openings. The in person and virtual event are both free to the public and will provide opportunities for job seekers to submit resumes and speak with hiring managers.
To apply for the open positions, visit facebook.com/cctvirtualhiringevents and follow the instructions.
A Lenoir company is recalling approximately 4,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The company is JBS USA, Inc. (or, JBS Case Ready), located at 1450 Vantage Foods Court in Lenoir. The recall was announced in a press release issued yesterday (August 1) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recall involves ground chuck beef items that were produced on July 15 of this year. The problem was discovered on July 29 when the company was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product.
There have been no confirmed reports of injury, illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of the beef. Consumers who have purchased the products subject to recall are urged not to consume them. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Items subject to recall are two-pound black Styrofoam plastic-wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with a July 15 production date and case code 541640. Establishment number “EST. 34176” will be found inside the USDA inspection mark. The items were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina.
For more information, contact Cheri Schneider, JBS Director of External Communications, at 970-506-7717.