32-year-old Randall Chad Perkins of 16th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Perkins was initially arrested on December 15, 2015. On that date, officers saw a suspicious vehicle on 16th Street NE near a storage building. The officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana and received consent to search the vehicle.
During the search, officers found a stainless steel container containing one gram each of methamphetamine and marijuana. Following yesterday's arrest, Perkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 1).
27-year-old Britney Morgan Lingerfelt of Houser Farm Road in Vale was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lingerfelt is charged with breaking into her mother’s home and stealing several items. A Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the 7400 block of Houser Farm Road in Vale on Wednesday (June 29) to investigate the reported theft of items from the property. The victim told the deputy that she learned about the stolen items after a weed eater that had been stolen was returned to her.
The victim allowed her daughter to live in a home that she owns and the victim along with the deputy went to that location to see if they could locate the additional property. The daughter was not at home but the victim could see a pair of tree pruners when she looked through a window from the outside.
Officers returned to the residence later that day. Inside the residence officers found multiple stolen items in various parts of the house along with items of drug paraphernalia. All of the recovered stolen items which included tools, electric power equipment, yard work equipment and other parts were returned to the owner. The drug paraphernalia, which included scales, a glass pipe, and needles were turned over to narcotics investigators.
Lingerfeld was placed in jail under $13,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for Lincoln County District Court today (Friday, July 1).
32-year-old Kelly Peterson of East NC Highway 150 in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Peterson is charged with breaking into her elderly neighbor’s home in the 3400 block of Highway 150 East. On June 20, deputies were dispatched to meet with the victim’s daughter when she discovered a window had been broken out of the residence and a television and money from a change jar had been stolen. The break-in occurred sometime between June 12 and June 20.
During the investigation Detective Richard Calhoun developed information that led him to Kelly Peterson. On June 12 the victim allowed Peterson and her boyfriend to come into her house to charge their cell phones and wash clothes.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, during an interview on June 29, Peterson confessed to breaking into the victim’s home and stealing items from inside the residence. Following the arrest, Peterson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Friday, July 1).
The television stolen in the break-in was recovered and will be returned to the owner. Investigation into the incident is continuing.
Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro and across most of the state of North Carolina, according to the latest report. Statistics for the month of May were released this week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The unemployment rate for Catawba County dropped to 4.5 percent from 4.7 in the April report. Alexander County's jobless rate fell to 4.1 percent from 4.3 percent. Burke County's rate also tumbled two-tenths of a percent, from 4.9 to 4.7. Caldwell County saw it's unemployment rate land at 5 percent even in May, falling from 5.3 percent in April.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, that's down from 4.8 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the seventh lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state. Asheville has the lowest MSA unemployment rate at 3.7 percent and Rocky Mount has the highest at 6.9 percent.
Unemployment rates decreased in 98 of North Carolina's 100 counties. The lowest unemployment rate is in Buncombe County at 3.5 percent and Scotland County has the highest jobless rate at 8.6 percent. The statewide unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, down from 5 percent in April.
Outgoing Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins was honored Thursday afternoon (June 30) during a retirement celebration at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Speakers honored the retiring chief during the ceremony, which was attended by representatives of various agencies from Hickory and surrounding communities.
Adkins was appointed by City Manager Mick Berry as City of Hickory's Chief of Police on August 1, 2007 after 20 years of experience with the Hickory Police Department (HPD). He began his career with HPD in September of 1987 as a patrol officer. He was promoted through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Police, Acting Chief of Police, and finally, Chief of Police in 2007.
Thurman Whisnant officially takes over as the new City of Hickory Chief of Police today (Friday, July 1).
A human trafficking charge has been filed against a man arrested in Burke County. 23-year-old Pasqual Mendez is charged with human trafficking of a child victim and transporting a child out of state in violation of a custody order. According to records posted on the Morganton Department of Public Safety website, Mendez was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was placed in jail in Morganton under one-million dollars secured bond on the trafficking charge, and $5,000 secured bond on the transporting charge. According to records online at the Public Safety website, Mendez was scheduled to make a court appearance today (Thursday, June 30).
Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 54-year-old Robin Renea Schell of Buffalo Shoals Road.
Schell is wanted in connection to an incident in January of this year when a man from Pear Tree Road in Troutman reported a firearm stolen from his residence. The victim said there did not appear to be any forced entry into his residence; however, he was unable to find his 9mm handgun. The stolen firearm was entered into a national database.
In March, the stolen gun was found in the possession of a known illegal narcotics user and dealer in the county. The gun was seized as Narcotics Detectives continued their investigation into the illegal sales of drugs. On June 2, Detectives made an arrest in the narcotics case. During an interview with the defendant, Detectives learned that the suspect had traded less than a gram of heroin for the stolen 9mm handgun. The other party involved in that trade was Robin Renea Schell.
In the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Schell had recently been in the Pear Tree Road residence. They also found that Schell was a convicted felon, with convictions dating back to 1980 in Texas on a robbery charge.
Warrants for Schell’s arrest were issued on one count each of larceny of a firearm and possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Authorities believe Schell may be in Texas. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
59-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, auto larceny, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Sanders was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 30).
Detectives with Iredell County’s Criminal Investigations Unit are working to identify the suspect in a recent break-in at a garage on Sullivan Farm Road in Statesville. The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. on June 11. The suspect stole a bicycle and rode it away from the home.
Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Sheriff’s Detective J.T. Carroll at 704-924-4063 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
53-year-old Valerie Rena Huffin of Mattingly Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 30) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
Events leading to her arrest began on June 14 when the victim reported fraudulent activity on his wife’s credit card. Purchases were made at Best Buy and a withdrawal was made at an A.T.M. Officers responded to Best Buy, where they obtained information that led to Huffin’s arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 1:50 a.m. today at an address on 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory. Huffin was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
60-year-old Charles Alfred Vandresser of Vandresser Point in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a grand jury indictment with solicit first degree sex offense. Vandresser was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 30).
25-year-old Donovan Lee Everhart of Statesville was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
A shooting into an occupied dwelling took place on Sunday (June 26) at approximately 3:30 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of 5th Street. On Tuesday (June 28), Investigator Steve Cantara obtained felony warrants on Everhart in connection with the shooting incident.
Everhart turned himself in at the Statesville Police Department Wednesday afternoon. Following his arrest, Everhart was detained in the Iredell County Detention center under $150,000 secured bond. A District court appearance was scheduled for today. (Thursday, June 30).
Iron Station Couple Charged with Stealing, Using Financial Bank Card of Roomate While He Was In HospitalWritten by Rob Eastwood
An Iron Station couple has been charged with stealing and using a financial bank card belonging to their roommate while he was hospitalized. 45-year-old Daniel Marcel Poovey and 44-year-old Tina Marie Funk Poovey, both of the same Newman Lane, Iron Station, address were arrested Monday (June 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with four felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count each of exploitation of an older or disabled adult and financial transaction card theft.
Deputies were dispatched on June 13 to a residence in the 100 block of Newman Lane, Iron Station to assist EMS on a medical call. The home’s occupant was being transported to CHS-Main after he was found lying on the floor in the bedroom. Daniel Poovey told deputies he called 9-1-1 to respond for the injured man.
On June 22, after Dale Tinsman was released from the hospital he reported to Detective Frank Runyon that while he was in the hospital someone used his Fifth Third Bank debit card and made four withdrawals from ATM machines in Iron Station and Lincolnton totaling $906.
During the investigation Detective Runyon went to the convenience stores where the withdrawals occurred and was able to identify the suspects as Daniel Poovey and his wife, Tina Poovey. Following their arrests, the suspects were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond apiece. Daniel Poovey is scheduled to appear in District Court July 18. Tina Poovey has District Court appearances scheduled for July 12 and July 18.
A Catawba County man will serve a prison sentence of at least five years for robbing a man and holding the victim at gunpoint in his own home. The defendant previously worked for the victim. 24-year-old Eric Shannon West of Hickory entered a guilty plea to multiple charges at Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (June 28).
West pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping and possession of stolen goods. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced West to a prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. The defendant also received a suspended sentence of 14 to 26 months with 36 months of supervised probation for possession of a firearm by a felon.
The offenses occurred October 15, 2015. The male victim told officers from Hickory Police Department that he was awakened at his residence by two male subjects wearing masks. The suspects took turns holding the victim at gunpoint while rummaging through the residence for items to steal. At one point, one of the suspects referred to the other as “Eric.” They threatened to kill the victim if he attempted to leave the room before they left the residence.
The victim told investigators that he had been having some remodeling done at his residence, and one of the workers was identified as Eric Shannon West. Officers from HPD tracked the victim’s phone to a location near the residence of one of the suspects.
When the first suspect was taken into custody during a traffic stop, a pair of sneakers taken during the burglary were recovered from the car. He told police he received the sneakers from a friend at his residence, where additional items belonging to the victim also were located.
The suspect admitted to the crimes, implicating West as an accomplice. West was arrested on probation violations and was wearing property of the victim when he was booked into the Catawba County Detention Facility. The second suspect has pending court cases.
Justin Levey investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Michelle Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
The death of a man whose body was found in Burke County is now being investigated as a homicide. The body of 27-year-old Demetrius Marcellus Chisholm of Charlotte was found Sunday night (June 26) near Crescent Woods Road off Highway 126 near Lake James. The Burke County Sheriff's Office has determined that Chisholm's death was the result of a homicide caused by a gunshot wound.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and SBI continue to investigate the incident and interview witnesses. Additional information will be released when possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 828-764-9505 or Burke County Emergency Communications Center 911.
24-year-old Cody Allen Hudgins has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for violating a domestic violence protection order (DVPO).
On June 27, Hudgins attended a domestic violence protection order hearing in which he was the defendant in a civil action. Iredell County Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell was present at the hearing when the victim testified that Hudgins approached her and asked her to drop the DVPO. Hudgins also took the stand and admitted in open court that he did approach the victim and spoke to her prior to their case.
The victim was granted a permanent DVPO, which will stay in effect for one year. Det. Sgt. Harwell arrested Hudgins for violation of the temporary DVPO, which was still in effect at the time Hudgins spoke to the victim in court. The temporary order stated that Hudgins was to have no contact with the victim.
Hudgins was placed in the Iredell County Jail without bond, due to the domestic nature of the offense. In a hearing the following day, bond was set at $2,000, secured. He will next appear in court on August 3.
28-year-old Keon Rashawn Harrison of 4th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:25 last night (June 28) on one felony count of larceny and misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 21 that began in Taylorsville. Harrison allegedly assaulted a 28-year-old Taylorsville woman. He and the victim previously had a relationship and had lived together. He reportedly punched the victim and hit her with a shotgun.
Harrison, the victim and two children, age one and two, then got into the victim’s vehicle and headed to Hickory. Harrison stopped at Viewmont Self Storage on 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory where he pushed the victim out the vehicle and drove away with the children.
The victim flagged down a motorist and called Police. While Officers were on the scene, Police spotted the vehicle. It was driven by another man who was not implicated in any wrongdoing. The children were still in the vehicle. The suspect reportedly drove to the other man’s house and asked him to take the vehicle and the children back to the victim at the storage facility.
Warrants were issued for Harrison’s arrest. The victim did not require medical treatment and the children were not harmed.
Harrison was taken into custody without incident Tuesday on the 1400 block of 6th Street Circle N.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
37-year-old Jeffery Scott Clark of 24th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about noon yesterday (June 28) on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny.
Clark was charged in connection to a June 23 break-in at the Shiv Mart on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory and one other unspecified break-in. Cigarettes were stolen and Police found broken glass and a rock in front of the store. Images from the June 23 incident were posted on H.P.D.’s Facebook page last Friday.
The Shiv Mart and the nearby Cubbard Express were also both broken into Monday (June 27), as reported yesterday on WHKY. Clark is a possible suspect in those break-ins and others that have occurred in the area recently. Cigarettes were the only items taken in each case. The investigation is ongoing.
Clark was taken into custody Tuesday at the Speedway convenience store. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
32-year-old Christina Marie Mostacato of Kristin Lane in Hudson was arrested today (Wednesday, June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. Mostacato was jailed under $2,000 bond at the Catawba County Detention Facility. A District Court date is set for Thursday (June 30).
34-year-old Adam Quincy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with attempted first degree arson, resisting a public officer, and communicating threats. Howard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (June 30).