26-year-old Angel Gutierrez of 9th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 a.m. yesterday on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
17-year-old Nicholas Carroll Anderson of Baker Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 8) on charges of felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on education property.
School officials at West Iredell High School on Warrior Drive in Statesville learned of a student who, earlier in the day, made comments about committing a violent act. The School Resource Officer was notified immediately.
An investigation was initiated by School Resource Officer Sergeant Dallas Hicks, Iredell County Detective Daniel Stikeleather and school staff. Statements were gathered from witnesses and the suspect, Nicholas Carroll Anderson. As part of the investigation, the suspect’s car, which was parked on campus, was searched and a fixed-blade hunting knife with a five-inch blade was found.
Anderson was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
31-year-old Latashia Lorriane Carpenter of Palm Tree Drive in Vale, 37-year-old Charles David Church of Hudson White Trail in Lincolnton, and 38-year-old Jason John Carwile and 30-year-old Carolyn Ashley Carwile, both of Summerow Road in Lincolnton, were all arrested Thursday (February 8) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Carpenter was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance. Church was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance.
Jason Carwile was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one felony count of conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine. Carolyn Carwile was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance and conspire to sell and deliver cocaine.
The suspects were charged after the conclusion of an undercover operation targeting the sale and distribution of cocaine and prescription medication. According to detectives, the subjects charged sold various amounts of cocaine, pain medication, including Suboxone and Adderall, to undercover detectives on multiple occasions. Detectives say the drug sales took place in various locations across the western and southern portions of Lincoln County.
Carpenter was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond, Church was held under a $12,000 secured bond, Jason Carwile's bond was set at $20,000 secured, and Carolyn Carwile was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond. All four were scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 9).
40-year-old Brandon Shane Lowdermilk of Morganton was given an active prison sentence of three to five years following his conviction for possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, along with admission of his status as a habitual felon.
The Honorable Eric L. Levinson, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Lowdermilk after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during a recent session of Burke County Superior Court. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine (October 1995), obtaining property by false pretenses (January 2002), both in Burke County, and federal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (August 2012) led to his habitual felon status.
Lowdermilk met with a confidential informant to sell methamphetamine in August 2015. He was detained by law enforcement officers, searched and found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
In November 2015, a confidential informant led officers to a Burke County residence where the defendant was known to sell methamphetamine. The defendant pulled up in his car and consented to a search by the officers, who found multiple bags of methamphetamine in his possession. Both offenses occurred while Lowdermilk was on federal parole for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Morganton man will spend at least seven years in prison following his conviction for two counts of possession of firearm by a felon and admission of his habitual felon status. 48-year-old David Allen Pearson was sentenced to an active prison term of seven to 10 years by the Honorable Eric L. Levinson, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, during a recent session of Burke County Superior Court. Pearson will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
His sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for obtaining property by false pretense (July 2005), habitual misdemeanor assault (June 2006) and possess/distribute meth precursors (October 2014), all in Burke County.
Law enforcement officers responded to a local hotel to serve an arrest warrant on Pearson in August 2016 and found a revolver, ammunition and large fixed-blade knife in his possession. In April 2017, a confidential informant provided details to investigators that Pearson was attempting to sell multiple guns. After obtaining a search warrant for the residence where Pearson was staying, investigators located him in possession of the guns described by the informant.
The homeowner was charged with similar crimes stemming from the incident. Charges against that defendant are pending. Clint Lail of Morganton Department of Public Safety and Stephen Ritchie of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the State.
31-year-old Eric Todd Driggers of Arbor View Drive in Marion was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, four counts of failure to appear, and probation violation. Driggers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $95,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 9) and a Superior Court date is next Monday (February 12).
34-year-old Amy Denise Icenhour of Goose Creek Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of identity fraud. In addition, Icenhour is charged with two counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, she was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is March 5.
22-year-old Jorge Antonio Garcia of 10th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Garcia was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Monday (February 12).
61-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree forcible rape and failure to appear. Following the arrest, Sanders was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $102,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (February 12).
50-year-old Harvey Lee Miller of Hide Away Hill in Valdese was arrested February 2 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
On February 2, NC Probation and Parole requested assistance from the Burke County Narcotics Task Force to check a residence at 3870 Hide Away Hill in Valdese. The request was made due to several people in the past with outstanding warrants fleeing on foot when Law Enforcement arrived. While on scene, officers located Harvey Lee Miller in possession of eight one mg generic Xanax tablets.
Miller was arrested and taken before the magistrate. He received a $25,000 secured bond and was transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. A court appearance is scheduled for March 12.
According to a news release, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Investigators were on the scene of a shooting in the town of Sawmills at 2135 Remont Drive.
The call came in at 1:39 p.m. today (February 8). There is a death related to the shooting. The other person involved in the shooting was reportedly cooperating with investigators.
The Sheriff’s Office says further information will be released later tonight or in the morning.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 26-year-old man.
26-year-old Dillon James Goudy of White Oak Farm Road in Cherryville was reportedly last seen around November 1, 2017. He was reported missing yesterday (February 7, 2018).
Goudy is described as a white male, 5’6” tall. He weighs 120 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dillon James Goudy should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln Co. Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
At about 5 a.m. today (February 8), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 605 11th Street Place N.W. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.
Upon arrival, Firefighters reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the house. They worked to extinguish the fire and reported it under control at 5:32 a.m.
No injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered heavy. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupant.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
43-year-old Billy Roger McGee was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. McGee was arrested shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is set for March 12.
In Catawba County, filing for the 2018 election begins at 12 noon on February 12 and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.
Those wishing to file for N.C. Senate 42nd District, N.C. House 89th & 96th Districts, Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Catawba County Sheriff or Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court should do so at the Catawba County Board of Elections in Newton.
Persons wishing to file for U.S. 5th & 10th Congressional Districts, District Attorney, N.C. Supreme Court Judge or N.C. Court of Appeals should do so at the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Superior & District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year.
For additional information about the filing process and associated fees, contact the Catawba County Board of Elections at 828-464-2424 or visit online at www.catawbacountync.gov.
30-year-old Anthony Jackson Lewis was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with three felony counts of probation violation and single felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. Lewis was arrested at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (February 9).
A Hickory man will spend at least five years in prison after being convicted of sexual offenses involving a minor during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 6).
26-year-old David William Conner pleaded guilty to second-degree sex offense and solicitation of a minor by computer, and two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation. He was given an active prison term of five to 11 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring.
On January 23, 2016, officers from Hickory Police Department responded to a residence for a welfare check regarding a 15-year-old male who informed them of some inappropriate touching performed on him by Conner and a co-defendant, David Bangs, who was convicted in July 2017.
During a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim divulged more information about the incident. He met Conner through a social media site and agreed to hang out with him and Bangs. While with them, he said that Conner touched him in an inappropriate manner and tried to perform sexual acts on him. Bangs, the co-defendant, pleaded guilty to similar offenses in July 2017 and was sentenced to prison for a term of 10 to 17 years.
Investigator Jeff Pruett and Capt. Bryan Adams handled the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams was the prosecutor for the State.
27-year-old Daniel Shawn Isaacs of Table Rock Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of speeding to elude arrest. Isaacs was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 8).
36-year-old Antonio Lashay Mitchell of Northwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Mitchell was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 8).
29-year-old Marshall Shane Freeman of Willowbrook Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property, possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance, and multiple probation and parole violations.
Wednesday at 9:53 p.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a suspicious vehicle parked at 206 Willowbrook Drive. When officers arrived they made contact with Marshall Shane Freeman. According to a news release from Public Safety, Freeman was acting nervous and kept placing his hands inside his coat pockets and would not put them both up at the same time or remove them from his pockets at the same time.
When Freeman complied by raising both hands a white CVS bag, with multiple pill bottles inside, fell to the ground. Freeman was detained at that time so that so further investigation could be done. While Freeman was being detained in handcuffs he told officers that he had a gun in his back waist band. Officers retrieved the gun from his back right pocket. According to the news release, Freeman made a voluntary statement that he had just robbed the CVS in Hickory.
A Be on the Lookout had been sent by the Hickory Police Department at 9:12 p.m., that advised of a Robbery with a handgun at the CVS at 1504 2nd St NE in Hickory. The advisory included a description of the suspect and Freeman met the description. Hickory Police Officers responded to the scene for further investigation. Freeman also had a warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon from Gaston County. He was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where he was detained under no bond on the probation and parole violation charges, and $115,000 secured bond on the other charges. He's scheduled to appear in court today (February 8).