31-year-old Antoine Durel Reid of Washington Lane in Catawba was arrested Thursday (February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter with intent to terrorize or injure, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property. Reid was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, February 10).
38-year-old Phillip William Kiser of Southway Lane in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for sell or manufacture of marijuana and felony manufacturing of marijuana.
On Wednesday members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit along with members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team executed a search warrant at 154 Southway Lane in Eastern Iredell County.
Narcotics investigators received information from a concerned citizen about a possible marijuana growing operation in the River Hill Road, Chestnut Grove Road area. A surveillance operation was established and soon investigators were able to identify the 154 Southway Lane residence as the “Grow house”.
Investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the home. Upon entry to the home, investigators could detect a very strong odor of marijuana. Located in a room of the home were 43 marijuana plants of various size, water pumps, fertilizer and indoor grow lights. In another room of the home investigators located over 100 pots used to grow marijuana, which were similar to the ones with growing marijuana in them, power inverters, insulation, piping and a marijuana processing machine.
All of the items were seized from the location. Phillip William Kiser, the home’s resident turned himself into investigators shortly after the search warrant was concluded. He was placed under $8,500 dollars secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9). Additional arrests are anticipated in this investigation.
42-year-old Long Bina Nguyen of Sacramento, California was arrested Monday (February 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in marijuana by transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and a fugitive warrant for burglary from California.
On Monday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a Buick with Maryland tags on Interstate 77 South for traffic violations. During the stop the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Long Bina Nguyen was acting nervous. He said he was traveling from California. A Patrol K-9 was utilized to conduct a walk around of the vehicle.
The dog indicated a positive alert for the presence of a narcotic. A hand search of the vehicle was conducted and in the car deputies located three large duffle bags and two large cardboard boxes. In these containers they saw several vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana.
Nguyen was taken into custody and after running his information through various data systems, it was determined he also had an outstanding Fugitive Warrant from California for burglary. He was taken to the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Office and the car was thoroughly searched. A total of 70 vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana were located weighing 90 pounds and having an estimated street value of $450,000.
Nguyen was placed in jail under $800,000 dollars secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court February 20.
31-year-old Amanda Dawn Krug of Flower House Loop in Troutman was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (February 7) on charges of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Krug on Bethesda Road, near Fieldcrest Drive. Krug provided an expired driver’s license and displayed a fictitious registration plate on her vehicle. Krug was found to have an extensive history with narcotics. She is currently out on bond for felony narcotics charges.
A search of Krug’s car was conducted leading to the discovery of heroin, cocaine, Xanax, Suboxone and assorted drug paraphernalia. The search also turned up more than $13,500 in cash.
Krug was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond. She has District Court dates set for February 20 & 28, plus a Superior Court appearance coming up on March 6.
43-year-old Misty Nicole Rohr, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 9) for a felony probation violation. Rohr, also known as Misty Nicole Gragg, is on probation following an August 2015 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Rohr was taken into custody without incident at about 10 past midnight today at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. She has since been released. No bond amount or court date was listed.
26-year-old Lee Roy Lingerfelt III of Lenoir and 27-year-old Carrie Marie Adkins of Taylorsville were arrested today (Thursday, February 9) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers.
Both suspects are charged with felony possession of a firearm on school grounds and felony possession of a weapon with an altered serial number. Lingerfelt is also charged with driving with a revoked license.
The suspects are charged with being on Wittenburg Elementary School property during school hours. The weapon, a 32 caliber revolver, was located in the glove compartment of the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects were arrested on the scene and transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. Bond for each suspect was set at $10,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (February 13).
The Lenoir Police Department is looking for the suspect who stole a White 2013 Dodge Dart from the parking lot of Walmart last Friday, February 3. If you have any information on the suspect in this theft or you know anything about the location of the vehicle, call Detective Hartley at the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2140.
You can also provide information to Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You could be eligible for a cash reward if you provide information leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle and arrest of the suspect.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Hickory with their Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, recognizing the city’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
The city has received the award for 22 years consecutively. To qualify for the award, the city must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The City of Hickory Budget Staff were recognized at this week's City Council meeting.
Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
25-year-old Ryan Joseph Guiterrez was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of buy, sell, or possess property with an altered serial number, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin, and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Guiterrez was arrested late Thursday afternoon on Hubbard Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $215,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
19-year-old Quinton Payne Whitesides was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, continuing criminal enterprise, conspire to sell marijuana, and two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
Whitesides was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
22-year-old Jiovany Isac Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Laguna was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, February 9) under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 10).
52-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. He's wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. Odom is also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear. Odom was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $57,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old April Melina Blackwell of Providence Square Drive in Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (February 8) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest along with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, and injury to personal property.
The arrest followed a chase with troopers after Blackwell reportedly ran a red light. Published reports say the chase started in Lincoln County and ended in Maiden when Blackwell wrecked. There were no injuries in the incident. Blackwell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
48-year-old Thomas William Johnson was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
On Tuesday, the Morganton Department of Public Safety assisted the Burke County's Narcotics Task Force in executing a search warrant at 131 B Jones Street. During a search of the residence officers found 35 grams of cocaine, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, one and a half pounds of marijuana and 13 firearms.
Johnson was arrested at the scene and charged with the drug offenses. He was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $150,000 secured bond. His first District Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday (February 8). His next District Court date is set for March 1.
32-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of Mauney Drive and 44-year-old Dana Wilson Johnson of Loomis Street, both from Lincolnton, along with 40-year-old Jesse James Trent of Lester Trail in Iron Station have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges.
Gibbs was charged with three felony counts for the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, five felony counts for possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson and Trent were each charged with the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and two counts for Trent. Johnson and Trent were also charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and one count for Trent. In addition, Johnson was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
The three were arrested yesterday (February 7) by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers. The arrests came after an investigation into methamphetamine and heroin sales in the central and eastern parts of the county.
Detectives utilized undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase drugs from the suspects. In every case, the drugs sold were street-level amounts, sold by repeat offenders. Detectives say the cases involving the three suspects were unrelated.
During one of the arrests, Narcotics Detectives report that one of the suspects was a passenger in a vehicle that arrived at his residence while Detectives were there to serve warrants on him. As he was taken into custody, Detectives seized several grams of heroin from the suspect.
Following the arrests, Gibbs was given a $40,000 secured bond. Johnson’s bond was set at $25,000, secured, while Trent’s bond was set at $20,000, secured. All three were scheduled to appear in District Court today.
Lincolnton Police assisted in the investigation that led to Gibbs’ arrest. Patrol Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office also assisted in Tuesday’s arrests.
37-year-old Bobby Eugene Davidson, whose address was not listed, was arrested today (Wednesday, February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Davidson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 9).
36-year-old Justin Michael Nanney was arrested last Friday (February 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and financial card theft.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, February 8), on January 23, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft. Detective Sgt. Fortson with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident report, the victim received his credit card statement and observed numerous unauthorized transactions. The suspect, Justin Nanney, was an employee of the victim and had access to the credit card in question.
The credit card was issued in the victims’ personal name and was stored in the work truck that Nanney drove. It was discovered that Justin Nanney did in fact use the credit card in North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania at various gas stations and the local Domino’s. He charged a total of $706.29.
Nanney was currently on probation and was previously charged with multiple counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Following the arrest, he was locked up in the Iredell County Jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 24.
On Tuesday (February 7) at 6:55 p.m. a fire was reported at 2735 Piney Road in Morganton. The Chesterfield Fire Department responded along with mutual aid from Oak Hill Fire Rescue and Triple Community Fire Department. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the single family residence fully engulfed in flames with the roof partially collapsed.
Neighbors told fire officials that only one person lived at the residence; however, they could not confirm if the occupant was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within an hour but search efforts were hindered due to the instability of the structure. One firefighter was transported to CMC Morganton for respiratory distress but is expected to be recover.
The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to aid in the origin and cause determination. During overhaul operations, firefighters located the body of 74-year-old Benjamin Charles Weatherford who had been unable to escape the fire. As standard practice in the event of a fire fatality, The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation
were called in to investigate.
The accidental fire started in the living room area near a wood burning stove. Investigators do not suspect foul play. An autopsy will be scheduled by the Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death.
37-year-old Wayne Bernard Patton has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony habitual assault. He was also charged with assault on a female, assault inflicting serious injury and a pretrial release violation.
On February 1, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault call on Fox Run Drive in Statesville. Wayne Patton allegedly assaulted the victim by hitting her multiple times, causing contusions and breaking her ribs. Patton was arrested at the scene without incident.
On February 2, Domestic Violence Detectives followed up on the incident and found that Patton had assaulted the victim earlier that day, causing injury to her head and hip. Detectives determined that Patton had violated his pretrial release conditions by contacting the victim.
Patton was jailed under a total bond of $260,000. He will next appear in District Court on February 22.
Patton has a history of assaulting females with recent convictions for assault on a female, habitual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of the people.
Hickory Police are investigating a case in which shots were fired in downtown Hickory early this morning.
An unknown number of shots were fired just before 2 a.m. today near Randolph Billiards on 2nd Street N.W. There were no witnesses. No one was injured and no property damage was reported.
Police believe the incident may be connected to an altercation that occurred earlier inside the pool hall. No suspects have been identified at this time.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.