48-year-old Steven Louis Russo of South Main Avenue in Maiden was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday (September 7) on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
He was initially arrested on the same charges on July 12 of this year after Police were dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. where a white male was allegedly attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Louis Russo, on South Center Street. They found the weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, in his bag. The gun had been reported stolen from Hickory.
Russo was taken into custody without incident yesterday near Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
19-year-old Elijah Paul Fowler of Huntington Hills Drive and 17-year-old Jacob Lee Griffey of River Road, both from Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Fowler is charged with two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, seven felony counts of receiving stolen property, and nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of preparing to break and enter a Vehicle and eight misdemeanor counts of larceny. Griffey was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.
The arrests are in connection with vehicle thefts from a residence on Riverview Road and vehicle break-ins in a nearby area. The incidents occurred during the month of August in the area of Riverview Road, Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.
On August 25, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Riverview Road in connection with the theft of a 2015 Nissan Altima where the doors had been left unlocked and keys left in the vehicle. A Chevrolet pick-up was parked beside where the stolen vehicle was located. It had been rummaged through but nothing reportedly taken. The Nissan Altima was found damaged and abandoned the same day as the theft in the driveway of a residence on Windy Knob Trail. The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot.
On August 30, the owner of the Chevrolet pick-up reported it had been stolen from the Riverview Road residence. The truck was found wrecked in Catawba County on Finger Bridge Road. That vehicle was also towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot for processing. During the investigation Detective Matt Burgess found items in the vehicles that led to the suspects in the two vehicle theft cases as well as vehicle break-ins that had occurred on Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.
On Wednesday, Detectives Burgess and D.S. Snellings went to a residence on Jarrett Road in Catawba County looking for the suspects. After about an hour of knocking on the door and identifying themselves as officers one of the suspects came to the door. They were arrested without incident. Fowler was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $72,500 secured bond. Griffey was placed in jail under a $12,000 secured bond.
The investigation is continuing.
24-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (September 7) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.
Events leading to Church’s arrest began at about 3:25 a.m. yesterday as Officers conducting a property check at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a Dodge Dakota truck making evasive maneuvers to avoid contact with Police. They followed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the truck failed to yield.
The truck did not stop. Officers pursued the vehicle on Highway 127 South, Mountain Grove Road, Old Shelby Road and Bakers Mountain Road. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit.
The Dodge ran into in the back yard of a residence where it hit some cinder blocks and continued about another 150 yards to the edge of a wooded area. At that point, the driver, William Charles Church, Jr., exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged.
Warrants for Church’s arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident at an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The suspect 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.
30-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of South “B” Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:50 this morning (September 8) on failure to appear warrants out of Alexander, Burke and Lincoln counties. She faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked (two counts), speeding and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration.
She was taken into custody at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Metcalf was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. She has court dates at various locations coming up on September 12, 13, 19, 20 & 22; on October 11, 14 & 24; and on January 13 of next year.
40-year-old Eric Daniel Nolen of Nolen Acres Road in Iron Station, 32-year-old Joshua Lee Nolen of Brim Lane in Denver, 38-year-old Antony Dyon Robinson of Waderidge Trail in Iron Station and 38-year-old Ashley Lynn Correll of Preston Lane in Stanley were all arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Eric Nolen was charged with one felony count each of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Nolen was charged with one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Correll was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of schedule II controlled substance.
On Wednesday the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested the four suspects after seizing multiple types of drugs during a surveillance operation. The operation took place near the 7100 block of Highway 73 in Denver. After receiving complaints about drug activity in the area, narcotics detectives conducted the operation and saw individuals engaging in what appeared to be drug activity. According to detectives, one subject appeared to have been injecting himself with a needle in a nearby parking area while he was a passenger in a vehicle.
Detectives approached the occupied vehicle and saw drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Detectives made a search of the occupants and the vehicle and seized methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, Subutex, needles, and a pipe. Detectives say all the occupants of the vehicle possessed some type of drugs. Eric Nolen received a $12,000 secured bond.
Joshua Nolen received a $6,000 secured bond. Robinson received a $2,000 secured bond. Correll received a $1,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed.
33-year-old Michael Wayne Proffitt of Poole Road in Archdale was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of identity theft and two counts of financial transaction card theft.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 8) on May 4 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft. The victim discovered charges on her credit card statement that were unauthorized. During the investigation Detectives worked with the businesses throughout Iredell County to retrieve the video from the fraudulent transactions.
The victim then later identified the suspect as her ex-boyfriend Michael Proffitt. Proffitt was arrested in West Virginia and extradited back to Iredell County where he received a $15,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is set for next Monday (September 12).
30-year-old Jerry Paul Manuel Jr. of Celeste Eufola Road and 27-year-old Mercedes Leigh Jenkins of Loray Lane, both from Statesville, were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Manuel is charged with three counts of identity theft and Jenkins is charged with one count of financial card theft and four counts of identity theft.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 8), on August 14 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an incident report of Financial Card Theft. According to the incident report the victim had noticed her credit card missing and when she made contact with the bank there had already been several charges made to the card.
During the investigation Detectives worked with businesses throughout Iredell County to retrieve video from the fraudulent transactions. The victim then later identified one of the suspects as a family member, Mercedes Jenkins. Detectives then identified the second suspect as Jerry Paul Manuel Jr.
Manuel was released on $10,000.00 unsecured bond. Jenkins was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond . Manuel will appear in District Court September 15, Jenkins has a District Court appearance September 26.
An eastern Lincoln County man entered a guilty plea to several sex offense charges in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday (September 6) and was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison.
The State Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant on January 15, 2013 at the residence of 50-year-old Edward Arthur Peck of the 1700 block of Highway 16 North in Denver in connection with suspected child pornography.
In court on Tuesday, Peck entered a plea of guilty to ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The charges stem from incidents that occurred between July and September 2012.
Judge Forrest D Bridges sentenced Peck to a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 90 months on each charge for a total of 21 to 75 years in prison. The sentences will be served consecutively and Peck will be given credit for 1,339 days spent in jail.
66-year-old Gary Lynn Smith of Hedden Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property and five counts of failure to appear. Smith was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,800 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 8).
30-year-old Jonathan Andrew Mayfield of Laurel Street NE in Valdese was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mayfield was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 8).
A Morganton woman who admitted her habitual felon status will spend at least ten years in prison following her guilty plea last week in Burke County Superior Court.
34-year-old Jada Renee Gilliland was sentenced to serve 10 to 14 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The guilty plea was entered last Thursday (September 1).
Gilliland pleaded guilty to identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument from an April 2015 offense, and admitted guilt to November 2015 charges for obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument.
On April 30, 2015, Gilliland tried to use a stolen identification card to cash a stolen check. When questioned about the ID card, the defendant left everything and ran out the door. Video from the credit union showed an ankle monitor, and probation officials were able to identify Gilliland.
In November 2015, she attempted to purchase about $200 of items with a stolen check, including an $80 ring. The clerk did not take the check, but Gilliland left the store with the ring in her pocket.
Gilliland’s admission of habitual felon status enhanced the sentence imposed by Judge Kuehnert. She had prior felony convictions in Burke County in December 2012, September 2014 and September 2015.
The cases were investigated by Joseph Beaver of the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster handled prosecution.
A Glen Alpine man will spend at least 15 years in prison for statutory rape of a person 13, 14 or 15 years old and indecent liberties with a child.
According to a news release issued by the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday (September 7), 37-year-old Timothy Jerome Deyton pleaded guilty to the charges during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday, August 30. He was given an active prison sentence of 15 to 23 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.
In addition, Deyton will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years and 10 years of satellite-based monitoring.
In November 2015, the 15-year-old female victim let the defendant into her room at a home where he was not allowed to be. When a relative of the child saw the open window, she moved the curtains and found the victim naked under a blanket with the defendant also naked behind her.
During an interview, the child told how the defendant had sex with her. Deyton also admitted to having sexual intercourse with the child. A search of his phone revealed numerous text conversations between defendant and victim that contained explicit details of sex.
Joseph Beaver of Morganton Department of Public Safety handled the investigation. Assistant District Attorneys David Swanson and Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case.
A Morganton man was given a prison sentence of at least 18 years after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 13 year old, statutory sex offense with the 13 year old and soliciting a child by computer for a sex act. The guilty plea was entered during Burke County Superior Court on Friday (September 2).
28-year-old Joshua Michael Abernathy was given an active prison term of 18 to 27 years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, after pleading guilty to the charges against him.
Additionally, Abernathy will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years and submit to 10 years of satellite-based monitoring.
The female victim was 13 years old at the time of the offense in July 2015 and was staying at her grandparents’ home. The defendant was present and demanded sex from the child after other family members went to bed.
After a report was filed with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was interviewed at the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center in Burke County.
During an undercover operation, Abernathy solicited a person he believed to be an underage female for sexual acts. Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office arranged a meeting and arrested Abernathy, who admitted that he came to the meeting to have sex with the person he met online.
Det. Isaac Propst investigated both cases for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and Frank Webster prosecuted them for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Catawba County jury needed about two hours of deliberation to find a Hickory man guilty of a sexual assault and strangulation of a female victim.
The jury determined that 25-year-old Phillip Voltz IV was guilty of second-degree sexual offense, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury from a May 2015 incident. Voltz was also found guilty of felony breaking and entering and intimidating a witness from a January 2016 offense. The verdict last Friday (September 2) ended a four-day trial in Catawba County Superior Court.
Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Voltz to an active prison sentence of six to twelve years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
On May 13, 2015, the then 24-year-old female victim’s roommate invited Voltz to their residence. While there, Voltz sexually assaulted the victim, strangled her and slammed her on a concrete floor. As he left, Voltz told the victim he would “see her again.”
On Jan. 2, 2016, Voltz broke into an apartment he thought was the victim’s armed with a knife, but he was in a neighbor’s apartment instead. Realizing he was in the wrong place, the defendant left the scene.
Thad Scronce led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
44-year-old Bryan Scott Young, Sr. of Airport Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (September 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
He was initially arrested in connection to the same case on March 21 of this year. At that time, Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no headlights or taillights. A search led to the discovery of 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.
Young was taken into custody at an auto parts business on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court scheduled today in Newton.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred on September 3 in the southern part of the county. Officers say the suspects appear to be targeting neighborhoods where they can find unlocked vehicles. In some cases, the suspects located and used credit or debit cards in Charlotte. The Sheriff’s Office has released photos of three suspects and two suspect vehicles. Evidence gathered in connection to the Mooresville cases has also been linked to other break-ins that occurred in Mint Hill, N.C.
Citizens are cautioned against approaching the suspects. In one incident in Mint Hill, a victim reported hearing a shot fired when he approached the suspects. It is unclear if the suspect shot at the victim, but a suspect can be seen in a video from one of the Mooresville cases holding what appears to be a gun. Anyone who believes someone is breaking into his or her vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects or the suspect vehicles should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Iredell Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1330.
24-year-old Julius Andrew “Smoke” Coleman of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 7 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory spotted Coleman and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those were indictments for possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed gun.
A search of Coleman’s person turned up baggies containing 0.6 grams of powder cocaine and two more baggies containing 9.9 grams of marijuana. Officers also found 1.5 dosage units of Hydrocodone.
Coleman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
46-year-old Eric Donnelle Cherry was arrested August 26 by Statesville Police on charges issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on July 14, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to verify a valid address on Eric Cherry, a registered sex offender. Deputy Price had tried several times to locate Cherry at this address but had been unable to do so.
After speaking to a resident at the address Deputy Price determined Cherry had not been living there for several weeks. Further investigation revealed that Cherry had violated the law concerning the sex offender registry.
Cherry was located and arrested by Officer Bradley Hendren of the Statesville Police Department. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is September 19.
53-year-old Gregorio Cisnero of Virginia Ridge in Connelly Springs faces new charges in connection to a 2014 case involving sex offenses against a child. He was charged yesterday with one felony count each of statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim and first-degree sexual assault. He was originally arrested on November 11, 2014 for felony indecent liberties with a child.
Cisnero was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 this morning (September 7) at the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released about an hour and a half later under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton, with another Superior Court date on the original charges coming up on October 10.
31-year-old Ryan Lewis Wilson was arrested August 30 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failing to notify change of address.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on August 3, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was attempting to verify a valid address on a registered sex offender, Ryan Wilson. Deputy Price had been to Wilson’s address a few times previously but had been unable to locate him. Deputy Price spoke to Wilson’s mother who also lived at the address, and she could never provide a believable story as to where Wilson was.
At that time Deputy Price began an investigation into Wilson's location, and to find out if he was being compliant with the laws governing sex offenders. Deputy Price determined Wilson was violating the law concerning sex offenders and he was not living at his registered address. Wilson was charged with failing to notify change of address.
Following his arrest, Wilson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (September 12).