41-year-old Steven Dewayne Icard of Highway 70 East in Hildebran was arrested today (August 22) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor probation violation. He was also charged with non-support of child. Icard was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured, plus a $1,000 bond on the non-support charge. A District Court appearance was scheduled for September 24 in Newton.
43-year-old Garland Ray Staley, Jr. of Harpertown Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday on charges of resisting a public officer, injury to real property, misdemeanor larceny and assault on a female. Staley was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where he was held without bond on the assault charge. He was given a $2,500 secured bond on the other charges. A District Court date on the larceny charge was set for September 4 in Lenoir. No other court are appearances are currently listed.
At approximately 7:47 this morning (August 22), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a wreck in the area of 2nd Street N.E. and 2nd Avenue N.E. Firefighters responded with one engine, one rescue unit and a command unit.
Upon arrival, Firefighters reported two vehicles involved with one turned on its side. Firefighters worked to stabilize the vehicle and checked the persons involved for injuries. No one was taken to the hospital and no injuries were reported.
The 7th Annual Prime of Life Expo will be held on August 28 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. The hosting agency is United Church Homes & Services (UCHS), along with Senior Information Resources (SIR) and the Catawba County Chamber.
An informal candidate “Meet & Greet” with candidates for Catawba County Commissioner will be held in the concession area from 12 noon until 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Shaylyn Ladd at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joy Cline at email@example.com.
A two-day operation involving the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Sex Offender Unit, the United States Marshals and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety was conducted on August 13 & 14. As a result of “Operation Purge”, four suspects were arrested in Iredell County.
The operation was intended to verify addresses for registered sex offenders living in Iredell County. Three multi-agency teams spanned out across the county and searched the residences of registered sex offenders, looking for any sex offender registration violations, illegal narcotics or probation violations.
The suspects arrested are:
27-year-old Amanda Lee Flowers of Rayon Street in Statesville. She was arrested for a felony probation violation and was jailed without bond. Flowers has been on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry since 2010 for kidnapping and incest with near relatives.
24-year-old Devin Emanuel Rankin of North Lackey Street in Statesville. Rankin was charged with a felony probation violation, misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held without bond. Rankin has been on the Sex Offender Registry since 2013. He is registered for three counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
And, 69-year-old John Henry Strickland of East Cloninger Avenue in Statesville. Strickland was arrested for a misdemeanor probation violation on a weapons offense. Bond was set at $60,000. Strickland has been registered since July of this year on six counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
Another 17-year-old male suspect who is not a registered sex offender was arrested on outstanding warrants for two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear.
29-year-old Robert Caine Fox of Sparrow Trail in Connelly Springs has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of methamphetamine.
At 1:50 a.m. on August 7, Deputies investigated suspicious activity at the intersection of Highway 70 and Texas Fish Camp Road in Connelly Springs. While speaking with Robert Caine Fox, Deputies saw the suspect drop a small plastic bag on the ground. The bag contained methamphetamine.
Fox was arrested and taken to the Burke/Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was given a $3,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Burke County District Court was scheduled for August 29.
29-year-old Shaylon Monquice Springs of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with a felony probation violation. Springs was jailed yesterday in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $180,000, secured. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for August 22 & 27 in Newton.
19-year-old Ahmad Shakim Smith of 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriffs Officers on three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Smith was jailed yesterday in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $450,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
48-year-old Norris Felton McLoyd and 42-year-old Yeneyder Del Socorro Norris, both of the same address in Thomasville, N.C., were arrested by Boone Police Monday night (August 20) in connection to a nationwide credit card fraud operation with international implications. They have each been charged with three felony counts of financial transaction card forgery.
The investigation began after authorities received information from a local bank that bank officials had observed suspicious activity at an ATM in Boone. The suspects were fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars from local ATMs through the use of multiple bankcards.
After bank officials notified Police that the suspects were at a local branch Monday night, Officers found and stopped the suspect vehicle. The suspects were taken into custody. A search of the suspects and their vehicle turned up evidence including cash and more than 20 fraudulent credit cards.
Investigators from Boone coordinated with the Randolph Co. Sheriff’s Office and a search was conducted of the suspects’ home. More evidence was seized from the home. The evidence indicates that the suspects were manufacturing fraudulent or “clone” bankcards to illegally obtain money.
McLoyd and Norris were both placed in the Watauga County Jail with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed. Additional charges are pending.
33-year-old Kenneth Charles Knight of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 6:20 p.m. yesterday (August 20) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for his arrest was issued in Burke County on August 13.
Knight was taken into custody at the probation office on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The suspect was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this afternoon. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 24 in Morganton.
24-year-old Darius Tyrell Carson of Kingswood Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, plus one misdemeanor count for possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers received numerous complaints about possible drug activity at the suspect's residence with vehicles and people coming and going throughout the night. Narcotics Investigators conducted surveillance and made undercover purchases of marijuana from the residence.
On August 15, uniformed Deputies and Narcotics Detectives executed a search warrant. They found 1,043.74 grams of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $20,875. Also found were two firearms, drug paraphernalia and $6,918 in cash.
Carson was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was held under a $15,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for September 10.
47-year-old Tyrone Matthew Rozzell of 10th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 last night (August 20) on two felony counts of habitual larceny. The suspect was taken into custody without incident on the 800 block of South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
21-year-old Caleb Thomas Hensley Overcash of the Mecklenburg Highway in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.
According to a press release issued this morning (August 21), events leading to his arrest began on August 12 when Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious activity call at Overcash’s residence. Deputies found four people inside. One of the four, Caleb Overcash, had two outstanding orders for his arrest. As a Deputy explained the warrants, Overcash jumped out of the patrol vehicle’s passenger side and ran away on foot.
Mooresville Police responded with a canine unit. The dog tracked the suspect behind the residence to the railroad tracks where Deputies found Overcash and took him into custody.
Overcash was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was given a $10,000 secured bond on the new charges and a $1,000 secured bond on the outstanding warrants. His next District Court date was set for August 29.
Overcash has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor assault on a government official, felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and several driving related charges.
36-year-old Michael Pasquel Powell of Poplar Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 20) for felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. The suspect was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. Powell will appear in District Court Thursday (August 23) in Lenoir.
24-year-old Aaron Daniel Moody of Ellison Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 21) for felony possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Moody was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court on September 10 in Lenoir.
28-year-old Lacey Bree Moore of Cedar Field Drive in Maiden was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 20) on charges of assault on a government official or employee, resisting a public officer and disorderly conduct. Moore was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. She’ll appear in District Court on September 20 in Lenoir. Moore also has a court date coming up on Thursday (August 23) for assault, injury to property and more.
45-year-old Kimberly Branch Lackey of Poarch Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 20) for a felony probation violation. Lackey is on probation as she serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a February 2018 conviction in Caldwell County for financial card fraud.
Following her arrest, Lackey was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. She’ll appear in Superior Court on September 17 in Lenoir.
The 14th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is set for Labor Day Weekend (August 31, September 1 and September 2). The event will be held at the Jones Farm, 3590 N.C. Highway 268 in historic Happy Valley.
The music will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with Riggs & Ritter, Hog-Eyed Man and the Sunny Mountain Serenaders. The music competition begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The weekend ends with a Sunday concert starting at 10 a.m. featuring an all-star lineup of musicians that includes the Kruger Brothers, The Harris Brothers, Strictly Clean & Decent, Irish folk music and more.
For more information, visit happyvalleyfiddlers.org. Learn more about historic Happy Valley at explorecaldwell.com/happy-valley.
56-year-old Virgil Thomas Burton of Hewitt Road in Claremont has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, communicating threats, injury to trees, crops or lands and injury to personal property (two counts).
Burton was jailed yesterday (August 20) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $54,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
37-year-old Curtis Leon Odom of Snow Creek Road in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts of failure to appear. Odom allegedly failed to appear in court on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
The suspect was jailed yesterday (August 20) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $80,000. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 17 in Newton.