42-year-old Marya Hudson Kirby of 4th Street S.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:50 Saturday night (December 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass. She was also charged as an habitual felon.
She was arrested at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. after a Loss Prevention Officer observed Kirby as she under-rang multiple items at the self-checkout station. The items, with a total value of about $76, included clothing, bras, a power strip, cast iron pans and a phone charger. Kirby was stopped when she passed the last point of sale without paying.
She had been banned from the store in September of 2014. Kirby was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Kirby was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 12) in Newton.
32-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of Old Buff Road and 39-year-old Margaret James Lasley of 17th Street S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 9 p.m. Saturday (December 10). They were both charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vicente was also served with true bills of indictment from September of this year for possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies.
They were arrested after Police stopped a 1992 Ford Ranger on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers learned of the outstanding indictments against Vicente. A subsequent search of the truck turned up a bag containing a glass pipe and digital scales, found on the passenger’s side floorboard. In the middle bench seat, Officers found 6.5 grams of marijuana and 0.7 grams of meth.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Vicente was given a $22,500 secured bond, while Lasley’s bond was set at $7,500, secured. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (December 12) in Newton. Vicente was also due in Superior Court today.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking a suspect in the theft of close to $3,000 in property.
On Saturday (December 10), Deputy Daniel Stikeleather responded to investigate a larceny on Brawley Road in Cleveland. During the course of the investigation, Deputy Stikeleather developed a suspect, 45-year-old Deshawn Latiffe Saddler of Red Bird Lane in Statesville.
The victim stated that Saddler had stolen over $2,800 in tools and antiques from a man who was allowing him to live in his garage. Deputy Stikeleather was able to find an antique hand planter at a local antique mall where Saddler sold the item.
Deputy Stikeleather obtained warrants for arrest on Saddler for felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses. The suspect is currently at large. Anyone with information on Saddler’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
19-year-old Lance Vaughn Alton of Panoramic Lane in Denver was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts apiece of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and identity theft, two counts of financial card theft, and single counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.
On Saturday, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 200 Clontz Hill Road in Troutman in reference to vehicles being broken into. The responding deputy was told by the homeowner that multiple credit cards belonging to himself as well as his sons, were taken out of the vehicles along with other personal items. The victim told the deputy he received notifications of his company’s bank card being used at a nearby Sheetz location and the Mooresville Walmart. The officer then responded to both locations and was able to identify the suspect on the surveillance video at both stores.
The suspect's vehicle was found, and a woman in the truck told the deputy that the suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran into the woods towards Flowerhouse Loop Road. It was discovered that the truck was stolen out of Lincoln County. Additional deputies responded and the suspect was eventually found and arrested. Alton was transported to the Iredell County Detention Facility where he was jailed under $55,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
28-year-old Joshua James Hampton of Icard Dairy Barn Road in Connelly Springs was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police early Friday morning (December 9) on one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The indictment comes in connection to an incident on August 26 of this year when Officers approached a vehicle in the parking lot at the Jack-In-the-Box restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The vehicle displayed a stolen license tag.
Hampton exited the vehicle from the driver’s seat. As he did so, a bag containing half a gram of methamphetamine fell from his clothing to the pavement. A syringe was also found on the driver’s side floorboard. A passenger in the vehicle was not charged or cited.
Hampton was taken into custody without incident at about 4:20 a.m. Friday at a residence on 6th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. Hampton was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (December 12) in Newton.
28-year-old Hugo Alonso Guerrero of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory, 24-year-old Samuel Antonio Loza-Hernandez of Belshire Drive in Conover and 19-year-old Sara Alexandria Winters of 9th Street S.W. in Conover were all arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (December 11). They were each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance; trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. In addition, Loza-Hernandez and Winters were charged with possession of a stolen firearm. All the charges are felonies. Loza-Hernandez was also served a felony indictment for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
The were arrested after Police responded to the Quality Suites Convention Center on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. where a clerk told them of suspected drug activity in a room at the hotel. Officers entered the room where they found Guerrero and Winters. The room was rented by Loza-Hernandez.
Officers located a used syringe in a bathroom sink. In Winters’ purse, they found a .380 Reuger handgun that had been reported stolen from Long View. Under the mattress, they also found a Kel-Tec 9-mm handgun that was stolen from Catawba County. In addition, Police located Loza-Hernandez hiding under the boxsprings.
Officers then applied for and executed a search warrant, leading to the discovery of 2.86 grams of heroin, 29.32 grams of meth in two bags, 6.01 grams of marijuana, 12 Alprazolam pills and various drug paraphernalia. In Loza-Hernandez’s wallet, they found an Oxymorphone pill and 0.5 grams of cocaine.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $250,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (December 12) in Newton. Loza-Hernandez also has a Superior Court date set for February 2.
20-year-old Dilon Blake Sherriff of Sun Crest Drive in Harmony was arrested Sunday (December 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and felony larceny.
Saturday (December 10) at 10:55 a.m. Deputies were called out to 117 Stagecrest Drive in reference to a homeowners building being broken into. After Deputies arrived they processed the scene and canvassed the neighborhood. During their investigation Dilon Sherriff of Harmony was developed as a suspect. After Deputies spoke with witnesses and were able to get statements warrants were drawn for Sherriff.
Following the arrest, Sherriff was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. He also had outstanding warrants from Probation and Parole for Violation of Probation, bond on those warrants was set at $20,000 secured for a total bond of $35,000 secured on all charges. No court date is listed for Sherriff.
28-year-old Dylan Quentin Harbour of SW Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Harbour was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
35-year-old Fredrick Len Shook of Devils Den Road in Banner Elk was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with trafficking in heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule III controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shook was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $32,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning robbery at the Denver Mart on North NC 16 Highway in Denver.
Detective Dan Snellings said a white male entered the store around 3:00 a.m. Sunday (December 11) while the clerk was outside taking a smoke break. When the clerk returned another person in the store made a purchase and exited the store. The suspect then approached the counter and told the clerk that he had a drug problem and a gun as he demanded the money from the cash register.
The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and gave him approximately one hundred dollars that was in the register. The suspect fled the store running toward Highway 16 and may have left the area in an early 2000’s model Ford Crown Victoria of a Mercury Grand Marquee.
The suspect was wearing all black or navy clothing. He was described as middle age white male with medium length brown hair. Anyone with information about the incident 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.
39-year-old Marcus Lamont Beatty of 13th Street in Newton was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with second degree forcible rape. Beatty was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
32-year-old Stanley Adam Josey of Long Island Road in Catawba was arrested Friday (December 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child and first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Josey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
39-year-old Fredrick Darius Dula and 36-year-old Lakesha Leeanne Deskins, both of the same Charlie Ridge Place Lenoir address, were both arrested Friday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substances. Dula is also charged with violating a house arrest order.
Sheriff Alan C. Jones announced the Caldwell County ICE Unit and his Deputies executed a search warrant at the home of Fredrick Darius Dula and Lakesha Leeanne Deskins at 2343 Charlie Ridge Place in the Dulatown Community of Lenoir. This is the second raid on Dula and his residence since May of this year. On May 11, Ice Unit agents conducted an investigation and executed a search warrant on Dula. He was subsequently arrested and charged with drug violations. He had since been released and was on Electronic Monitoring.
During the past month, Ice Unit Agents have been conducting an undercover investigation on Dula and Deskins, who were suspected of selling crack cocaine. Throughout the investigation, a series of controlled buys for crack cocaine were made from the residence.
On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a drug search warrant at his home. Agents searched the home and seized more than three ounces of crack cocaine and more than $2,300 cash. A 2001 Chrysler vehicle was also seized during the raid. The cocaine was found in the living room and master bedroom areas. The cocaine has a street value of close to $18,000 according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a total bond of one-million, fifty thousand dollars secured. Deskins' bond was set at $100,000 secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, December 12).
A teenager who had been missing since November 25 has been located and is safe. A grandparent of Madison Olivia Burnette located the teen Saturday (December 10) and brought her to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. She had not been seen since leaving her residence on November 25 with two females in a black Honda.
A judge dismissed the charges filed against a man charged with murder in Caldwell County based on an insanity finding. That decision was made last Thursday in Caldwell County Superior Court in the case against 23-year-old Donald Paul Malick III of Monroe.
Malick was charged with murder for the April 2010 shooting death of 19-year-old Casey Marie Moore, attempted murder for shooting his father, Donald Malick II, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
The younger Malick, 16 years old at the time, was visiting his father when an altercation led the son to shoot his dad. When Moore, the daughter of Malick II’s girlfriend, reached for the phone to call 911, Malick III shot and killed her.
During a hearing in Caldwell County Superior Court last week, the Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt, Superior Court Judge from Transylvania County, heard evidence presented by Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee and Defense Counsel Shell Pearce regarding the case before dismissing the charges based on the insanity finding.
The defendant had a significant history of mental illness and had four psychiatric hospitalizations prior to the date of the offense.
The State’s expert found that at the time of the crime, the defendant suffered from mental illness and was unable to tell that the act he committed was wrong. Judge Hunt ruled that Malick was not guilty by reason of insanity after hearing all the testimony, reviewing medical records and interviews. All of the evidence from the State and the defense as well as the testimony of eyewitnesses supported Judge Hunt’s ruling that Malick III was legally insane at the time of the murder.
By North Carolina General Statute, Malick will now be admitted to a locked state mental hospital forensic unit for some undetermined period of time. His mental status will be reviewed as provided by law, and he may eventually qualify for release if the doctors find that he meets specific criteria as provided by statute.
48-year-old Carl Dennis Geter of Hickory will serve at least 17 years in prison following a guilty plea last week. Geter pleaded guilty to drug charges, a breaking and entering offense and he admitted his status as an habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (December 8).
The Honorable Timothy S. Kincaid, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed an active prison term of 17 to 22 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections for Geter.
The defendant’s habitual felon status enhanced his sentence. Geter had prior felony convictions for the sale of cocaine in Catawba County (May 1990), uttering a forged instrument in Cleveland County (October 2002) and sale and deliver of a Schedule II Controlled Substance in Cleveland County (November 2005), along with numerous other convictions.
Geter’s three counts of selling cocaine came as a result of three undercover buys by agents with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force during a span of a week in December 2015.
In June 2016, Geter broke into the Hickory home of a murder victim and stole numerous items, including televisions and an Xbox console.
The drug cases were investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, and the breaking/entering case was investigated by Hickory Police Department. Sean Baetjer and Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
33-year-old Jason Todd Hayes was arrested today (Friday, December 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forced breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. Hayes was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court next Tuesday (December 13).
33-year-old Brandon Alan Beach of 6th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Beach was taken into custody without incident shortly before 2 a.m. today on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. He was processed and then released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
25-year-old Sparkle Wynn Walsh of Walsh Vines Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday (December 8) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
The arrest was her second in connection to a reported larceny from the GameStop store on Catawba Valley S.E. in Hickory. Walsh was initially arrested on September 15 of 2015. She was a manager at the store. Walsh is accused of changing prices on merchandise and selling the items to her friends at a discount. The incidents took place over a period of three or four months. Total property loss was estimated at over $2,000.
Walsh was arrested without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was processed and released less than an hour later under a $1,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
At approximately 3:35 a.m. today (Friday, December 9), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 1464 6th street SE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
Upon arrival, firefighters found some occupants standing in the yard and on the porch. They told firefighters that there had been a fire on the stove but it was out.
Once inside, firefighters found smoke in the house and damage to the kitchen cabinets. After ensuring everyone had evacuated, firefighters discovered a fire in the attic near the hood exhaust system. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the attic and clear the smoke out of the house.
No fire injuries were reported and fire damages were confined to the kitchen and hood system. However due to the smoke damage, the Red Cross responded to the scene and will be helping the occupant, who was displaced as a result of the fire. Fire investigators determined the fire was started by unsupervised cooking.