30-year-old Justin Patrick Preston of Lazy Creek Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Preston was given a custody release. A Superior Court date is May 1.
59-year-old Harold Timothy Miller of Goat Farm Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (April 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Miller is charged with an additional count of larceny along with breaking and entering to an automobile. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an automobile theft. Photos of the suspect have been released and can be seen with this story. Anyone with any information is asked to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.
18-year-old Demaja Keshon Watts of Wilson Street in Statesville was arrested arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Between March 25 and March 27, the Sheriff’s Office took two reports of residential break-ins in the Buffalo Shoals and Old Mountain Road area. In one of the incidents, a house on Buffalo Shoals Road was entered while the homeowner was out of town. The homeowner returned and found his flat screen TV was stolen. The second break-in was approximately 100 yards away through the woods on Poppy Lane. In that incident, an outbuilding was broken into and a Honda dirt bike was stolen.
After reporting the break in, the owner of the dirt bike drove to the south side area of Statesville in hopes of locating his bike. After looking for several hours, the victim spotted his dirt bike being operated by a black male on Park Drive. The owner positively identified the bike from the unique decals and parts he had placed on it. The victim made efforts to stop the subject on the dirt bike and called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance. The individual on the bike fled the area and the owner tried to follow him, but lost sight of him in the area of West Front Street.
The break-in and larceny cases were assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. Detectives interviewed the owner of the dirt bike and another witness who both saw the face of the subject riding the stolen bike. Demaja Watts was identified as the suspect. As a result of the investigation, Watts was charged and detained in the Iredell Iredell County Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. He has a District Court date April 18 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for May 9.
The death penalty will be sought in a Catawba County murder case. Prosecutors for the State announced Wednesday (April 5) that they will seek the death penalty in the murder case against 55-year-old Glen McQuay of Hickory. McQuay was arrested by officers with the Hickory Police Department on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in connection with the death of 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey.
On June 8 at approximately 8:25 a.m., Hickory Police were called to 421 2nd Street SW, in reference to a civil disturbance. When they arrived at the scene, officers discovered Stephanie Charlene Harvey lying in the grass on the north side of the residence. Harvey appeared to have suffered severe burns to her upper body and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The case remains under investigation by Hickory Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. McQuay remains in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he is being held under no bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for June 26.
52-year-old James Calvin Lineberger of Edna Street in Catawba was arrested today (Wednesday, April 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine, and with being an habitual felon. Lineberger was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 6).
A Lincoln County man received a minimum sentence of just over seven years in prison after being found guilty in a break-in case. 38-year-old Joshua Lee Blackwell of Lincolnton was sentenced to 88 to 118 months in connection to the 2014 break-in to a storage facility.
Blackwell was identified as the suspect and was being held in the York County, South Carolina jail on unrelated charges. He was released to Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives on December 6, 2015 and was charged with the break-in and larceny from a storage facility in the 5600 block of Highway 182.
Last Wednesday (March 29) a Lincoln County Superior Court jury deliberated for approximately two hours before finding Blackwell guilty of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering. Blackwell also pleaded guilty to being an habitual felon.
In addition to the 88 month to 118 month sentence, Blackwell was given credit for 479 days spent in confinement prior to the date of the verdict. He was transferred to the North Carolina Department of Corrections for processing.
63-year-old Kathy Jean Monahan of Misty Morn Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. Monahan was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 6).
49-year-old Glenn Ervin Harrelson II of Sandalwood Court in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday (April 4) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
He was arrested after Officers were dispatched to a shoplifting call at the Publix store on 29th Avenue N.E. The subject had concealed meat valued at $123 on his person. The meat (including beef oxtails, chuck roast, ribeye steaks and shrimp) was recovered by Loss Prevention Officers; however, before Hickory Police arrived, the suspect left the scene in a red truck.
The truck was spotted a short time later, traveling east on 28th Avenue N.E. Harrelson, a passenger in the truck, was identified as the larceny suspect. The driver, Jonathon Paul Fender, was issued a citation for aiding & abetting the larceny.
Harrelson was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The man whose body was found over the weekend in Catawba County has been identified. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office released the name today (Wednesday, April 5). The homicide victim's name is 19-year-old Marco Antonio Pablo Eleocadio. No other information is given about the victim.
The victim was found at the edge of the woods off River Road Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:15. It is believed the body was left there late Friday night (March 31) or early Saturday morning. The investigation into Eleocadio's death is continuing.
North Carolinians continue to receive calls from phony sheriff’s deputies who claim the person receiving the call skipped jury duty along with subsequent court date. The caller says a warrant has been issued for your arrest, or soon will be, but you can pay a fine now and avoid being arrested.
These con artists are trying to exploit your fear of getting on the wrong side of the law, and hoping they can squeeze money out of you before you realize it’s a scam. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has received dozens of reports about jury duty scams so far this year, and as of today (Wednesday, April 5) six people have fallen victim. Victims of the jury duty scam report losses of about $1,000 each.
All of the victims were instructed to use Green Dot Money Pak cards as their method of payment. These prepaid debit cards, and gift cards like iTunes cards, have become scammers’ preferred way of getting their hands on your money. This is true of IRS scams as well as many others.
To protect yourself, remember: Real notices for jury duty arrive by mail. Legitimate public officials won’t call to threaten you with arrest if you don’t show up for jury duty or fail to pay a fine immediately. Hang up on jury duty scammers and other crooks who try to trick you out of your hard-earned money. If someone tries to get you to use a prepaid debit card or a gift card to pay money they say you owe them, you are almost certainly being scammed.
If you get one of these calls, report it to your local police department and file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or completing the form online at www.ncdoj.gov.
34-year-old Ashley Brooke Kirk of Falls Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (April 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of heroin. Kirk was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (April 6).
35-year-old Jama Mikhail Puma of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (April 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Puma is charged with felony possession of heroin and failure to appear on a misdemeanor probation violation. Puma was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $125,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 6).
35-year-old Jeremy Dean Yancey and 27-year-old Brittney Nichole Barfield, each of the same 34th Avenue Place NE address in Hickory, were both arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Both suspects were detained this morning (Wednesday, April 5) in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Yancey's bond was set at $100,000, Barfield's bond is $50,000. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court today.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (April 4). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously.
Government Affairs Manager, Yaidee Fox presented a legislative update to Council. Of concern are a pair of "election" bills. The bills would change municipal elections from odd years to even years. Additionally, one bill would create partisan elections for municipalities. Several cities across the state are opposed to this proposed legislation. Councilmembers agreed that little, if any, cost savings would occur from switching the election year for municipal elections. City Council voted unanimously to approve resolutions against both proposed bills.
Interim Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented a pedestrian signal upgrade project. The City has obtained a STP-DA grant to upgrade 40 signalized intersections to be more pedestrian friendly. The grant is an 80/20 match, totaling $402,500, with the City contributing $80,500. City Council voted unanimously to accept the grant and move forward with the pedestrian signal upgrade project.
Mayor Wright recognized Andrea Surratt for serving as Interim City Manager. Last night's meeting was her last serving in that role. Warren Wood will begin his new role as City Manager on April 10.
A woman who went missing from eastern Lincoln County Monday night (April 3) has been located and is safe. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 4400 block of Greenfield Court in Maiden to take a missing person’s report. 26-year-old Candace Ann Coffey was last known to be in that area Monday night. She was located Tuesday (April 4) unharmed.
25-year-old Christopher Cole Cox of Travis Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (April 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and felony probation violation. Cox was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $55,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 5) and a Superior Court date is set for May 18.
65-year-old Leverne Williams of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver cocaine. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Williams was taken into custody without incident just before 1 a.m. today at his apartment. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court appearance was set for tomorrow in Newton.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman missing from eastern Lincoln County. 26-year-old Candace Ann Coffey was last known to be in the area last night. Deputies were dispatched to the 4400 block of Greenfield Court in Maiden to take a missing person’s report. Authorities don’t know where Ms. Coffey was traveling to or who she may be with.
Ms. Coffey is described as a white female, 5’8” tall and weighing around 145 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Candace Ann Coffey should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying the man whose body was found over the weekend. The hispanic male is believed to be in his early 20s, 5'4" tall, 134 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The victim had tattoos on his left and right shoulder and on his right hand between his thumb and index finger.
The victim was found at the edge of the woods off River Road Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:15. It is believed the body was left there late Friday night (March 31) or early Saturday morning. Grass cuttings were found on his pants legs and boots so he may have been working with a yard crew.
Anyone with information should call the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.