26-year-old Joshua Stephen Moriarity of Whitner Street in Valdese was arrested Friday (July 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Moriarity was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facilty under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 18.
44-year-old Shane Vincent Amoroso of Denver Shores Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested Friday (July 28) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and one felony count each of larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.
Last Thursday (July 27) Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a breaking and entering call on Todd Lane in Denver. The victim told officers that on Wednesday (July 26) someone had removed screws from a two by four piece of wood that had been placed on the door to prevent break-ins. The suspect was able to remove the wood, enter the residence and leave with $40 in cash and a number of food items.
Unknown to the suspect, the landlord had placed a trail camera on a tree outside the home because of past break-ins. The camera recorded the individual breaking into the residence. Using an SD card from the trail camera deputies were able to identify the suspect as Shane Vincent Amoroso. He was arrested on Friday as he walked on Campground Road. Following the arrest, Amoroso was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 31).
24-year-old Nicholas Daniel Hogue of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Officers. He's charged with three counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to a news release received Friday (July 28), on July 18, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation concluded an investigation into the possession and distribution of child pornography. The investigation resulted in Hogue's arrest.
Hogue’s bond was set at $75,000 secured. A court date was scheduled for August 28.
38-year-old Christopher Wayne Darby of Salisbury was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of an altered firearm, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked.
According to a news released issued last Friday (July 28), on June 26 Lt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1999 model Dodge on Salisbury Highway. The officer had discovered that the driver, Christopher Darby, was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. While issuing Darby a citation, Stone discovered that he is a convicted felon and has a prior history of illegal drug possession.
After questioning Darby briefly a search of his vehicle was conducted. During the search a modified shotgun with an 8-1/2 inch barrel was located under the driver’s seat. A small amount of Crystal Methamphetamine was also found along with a pipe used for smoking meth. Darby received a $25,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates scheduled for August 7 and September 18.
49-year-old William Thomas Farmer of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, was arrested last Wednesday (July 26) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify change of address.
According to a news release issued last Friday (July 28), on July 24, Deputy John Adams of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit attempted to locate and verify an address on a registered sex offender, William Farmer. Deputy Adams made several attempts to find Farmer at his registered address but was unable to locate him. During the investigation Deputy Adams was able to talk with witnesses and learned that Farmer was staying in Virginia with family and also working in Ashe County.
Farmer failed to notify the Sheriff’s Office that he was living out of state resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Following his arrest, bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court date is set for August 16. Farmer's prior convictions include indecent liberties with a child, DWI, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance.
34-year-old Quantez Antonio Gaither of McKay Road in Newton was arrested Saturday (July 29) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Gaither was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 31).
More information has been released in the arrest of 35-year-old James Andrew Woods, Jr. of West 24th Street in Newton, first reported yesterday (July 27) on WHKY. Woods was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
At 1:19 a.m. yesterday (July 27), Newton Police and the Municipal Narcotics Enforcement Team (MNET) executed a search warrant at Woods’ residence. Officers had been investigating possible drug related activity at the residence prior to the execution of the warrant. Officers encountered Woods, who admitted that he did have narcotics in the residence. Officers found approximately 5.7 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, 7.04 pounds of marijuana, digital scales, a Remington 9mm semi-automatic handgun, and $360 in cash.
Woods was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Catawba Co. District Court was scheduled today.
19-year-old Tyshon Jaiquia Saxton of 4th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after ten o’clock last night on three counts of failure to appear and one felony probation violation. The failure to appear charges are connected to single counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and another felony probation violation.
The robbery charge comes in connection to a September 18, 2016 armed robbery at Firehouse Subs on North Center Street. Saxton was initially arrested five days later.
He was taken into custody without incident Thursday on the 900 block of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Superior Court dates were set for August 21 & 23 in Newton.
38-year-old Carrie Suzanne Rhoden of Meadowood Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (July 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Rhoden was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 31).
33-year-old Christopher Todd Moore of Executive Circle in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of altering a court document. Moore was also charged in Watauga County with attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Moore allegedly altered a 50B ex-parte domestic violence order of protection. The domestic violence protection order was issued by Judge Ali B. Paksoy, Jr. in Lincoln County. Moore is accused of altering the document so that it would give him possession of a gray Chrysler van.
On July 20, he presented the 50B order to a Deputy in the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office to be served. The Deputy noticed the alteration and contacted authorities in Lincoln County.
An investigation was completed in Watauga County and forwarded to the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office. Detective Michael Lookadoo completed the local investigation and arrested Moore on July 27.
Moore was placed in the Lincoln County jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (July 28).
21-year-old Nakayla Lynn Addair was arrested Thursday (July 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
Addair is charged with removing items from her father's home after spending the night at the residence. On Monday (July 24) James Ray Faulk reported that his daughter, Nakayla Lynn Addair and another person came to his residence requesting to spend the night. Mr. Faulk later discovered that his daughter and her friend were gone from the home along multiple items that had been stolen.
Detective Greg Hager located the suspect at a residence on Hawley Street in Stanley. She was reportedly in possession of an item stolen from the residence. She was placed in jail under a $10,000 secured. Her first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (July 28).
Additional charges are expected to be filed pending confirmation of the identity of the second suspect in the case.
A Hickory man will spend at least the next 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex-related offenses involving a minor during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (July 27).
42-year-old David Mason Bangs pleaded guilty to attempted statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old victim and solicitation of a minor by computer. He was given an active prison term of 10 to 17 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender.
On Jan. 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 Bangs and a co-defendant. During a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim divulged more information about the incident. He met Bangs through a social media site and agreed to hang out with him and the co-defendant.
While with them, he said that Bangs touched him in an inappropriate manner and attempted to perform sex acts with him. The co-defendant, who is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law, still has pending cases.
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.
25-year-old Benjamin Michael Lineberger of Unity Church Road in Denver was arrested Thursday (July 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charge with five felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a child.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit received a cyber-tip in early July in reference to a Lincoln County resident uploading child pornography on his computer. Following an investigation into the tip, detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for a home on Unity Church Road.
According to a news release, during an interview, Lineberger confessed to possessing child pornography. Lineberger was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for today (July 28) in District Court.
54-year-old Charles Gary Kelly Jr. of Lenoir was sentenced to an a minimum active prison term of six years after pleading guilty to trafficking by possession, sale of opium derivatives and three counts of felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance.
Kelley entered the plea during Caldwell County Superior Court on Wednesday (July 26), and was sentenced to serve six to eight years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.
In May 2014, Lenoir Police Department received information that Kelly was selling heroin and began an undercover investigation that led to audiotape evidence of the defendant offering to sell heroin, methamphetamine and hydrocodone. An undercover officer made multiple buys of heroin from the defendant at a location in Lenoir and later made a purchase of hydrocodone and methamphetamine, eventually leading to Kelly’s arrest.
John Howard, Patrick Moser and Lt. Brian Smith handled the investigation for Lenoir Police Department. Andrew Jennings prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
31-year-old Carroll Joshua Dale Brown of Highway 27 East in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (July 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession of a counterfeit instrument, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A tip about drug activity at a residence on NC Highway 27 East led to Brown's arrest. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers observed numerous vehicles going in and out of residence in the 3400 block of Highway 27 East and on Wednesday (July 26) they noticed a vehicle with New York license plates that were expired turn into the drive at the home. Deputies waited for the vehicle to come back onto the highway where they conducted a traffic stop.
Officers were given consent to search the vehicle and located several used syringes and an admission from both occupants that the residence they came from is known as a drug house. Deputies went to the residence and made contact with an individual at the residence who allowed them to come inside. The deputies observed a number of syringes and other drug paraphernalia. The homeowner was not at home and other areas of the home needed to be searched. A search warrant was served at the residence Thursday. During the search deputies found a small amount of methamphetamine, more drug paraphernalia and a counterfeit $100 bill.
Brown was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $32,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 28).
35-year-old Cortez Lamar Rogers of Charlotte was sentenced to a minimum of five years after pleading guilty to fleeing to elude arrest and admitting status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (July 26).
The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, imposed an active prison term of five to seven years for Rogers, who will serve the sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Rogers has prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine in Burke County (November 2006), possession of cocaine in Catawba County (September 2009) and possession of firearm by felon in Catawba County (June 2011) that enhanced his sentence for habitual status purposes.
Officers from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office made an undercover purchase of a controlled substance through a reliable and confidential informant from a subject who drove off in a Dodge Challenger from a location in Hickory.
The officers switched on their blue light and attempted to stop the vehicle, which sped off in an attempt to elude apprehension. The vehicle, driven by the defendant, led officers on a chase that reached speeds in excess of 125 mph at times, traveling along McDonald Parkway, Startown Road, Catawba Valley Boulevard, Settlemyer Bridge Road, Old Conover-Startown Road, N.C. Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 321.
Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol deployed spike strips on 321 that flattened three of the four tires, forcing the vehicle off the side of the road where Rogers was taken into custody. Matt Farra handled the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Sean Baetjer prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
37-year-old Jeffrey Scott Clark of Hickory pleaded guilty to multiple counts of breaking and entering, larceny and attempted breaking and entering along with admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (July 26).
Clark was sentenced to an active prison term of four to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, to be followed by a suspended sentence of 30-54 months with 30 months of supervised probation.
The prison term was enhanced by Clark’s habitual felon status, which includes three prior felony breaking and entering convictions in Catawba County (October 2003, October 2007 and August 2009).
The defendant broke into multiple businesses during a four-day span in June 2016 and attempted to break into others by using a large rock to smash windows and/or doors. He took cigarettes from those businesses. Video surveillance at the businesses show Clark breaking in or trying to break into the buildings.
Investigators released video surveillance to the community and received numerous tips from the public that helped develop Clark as the suspect, thus leading to his apprehension.
P.G. Clark of Hickory Police Department and Scott Pitts of Long View Police Department investigated the cases. Melanie Earles handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
40-year-old Johnny Saunders of High Point was sentenced to an active prison term of at least six years after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin by possession during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (July 26).
The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, imposed a sentence of six-to-eight years. In addition, Saunders will be required to pay a mandatory $50,000 fine.
On April 12 of this year, Saunders’ vehicle was stopped for running a stop sign and speeding. The Officer smelled marijuana and was given consent to search. A plastic bag containing multiple rock-like substances was found on Saunders’ person. Saunders was arrested for possessing a trafficking amount of heroin.
Hickory Police Officer David Lee handled the case. Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer was the prosecutor.
46-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney of Asheville was given a sentence of seven-to-nine years after pleading guilty to three counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, handed down the sentence in Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (July 26).
McKinney’s criminal history includes felony convictions in Buncombe County for possession of cocaine (August 2012), obtaining property by false pretense (June 2008) and possession of cocaine (March 2000).
On November 23, 2016, McKinney entered a Hickory restaurant through a rear entrance and went into a storage area where he took beer. On December 7, 2016, he entered through the same door and again took beer from the storage area. He returned an hour later and took a lawn mower from the building. Security video at the business showed McKinney entering and leaving the building with the items and his activities inside the storage area.
Hickory Police Officer D.H. Freeman investigated the case and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith handled the prosecution.
24-year-old Mercedes Ciera Mills of 6th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested today (July 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Mills is charged with a felony count of aid & abet felony larceny. Following the arrest, Mills was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, no bond amount was listed. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 28).