47-year-old Keener Monroe Lackey was arrested Tuesday (April 24) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Lackey was arrested at an address on U.S. 70 in Rutherford College at 7:33 p.m. Tuesday. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 25).
33-year-old Samuel Wade Lawrence and 38-year-old Melissa Joyce Styles, who are both listed as a homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday (April 24). Lawrence was charged with one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats (two counts) larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Styles was charged with felony habitual larceny.
Events leading to the arrests began at about 3:10 yesterday afternoon when Hickory Police responded to a reported motor vehicle theft at a convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. A man, later identified as Samuel Lawrence, got into the victim's vehicle and attempted to drive off. The vehicle stalled and the victim approached Lawrence and told him to get out of his vehicle. Lawrence pulled out a knife and threatened the victim. Lawrence attempted to drive off again and dragged the victim. A witness told Police that Lawrence was with a white female.
While investigating that case, Officers were dispatched to a larceny at the C.V.S. store on Highway 321 N.W. The description of the persons involved in the larceny was similar to the subjects from the motor vehicle larceny. Officers responded and located Lawrence and the female, who was identified as Melissa Styles. Stolen property was recovered from both suspects.
Lawrence and Styles were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lawrence set at $15,600, secured, while Styles was given a $10,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton. Lawrence has an additional District Court date coming up on June 8.
21-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:50 yesterday afternoon (April 24) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with three probation violations.
Ikard was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton, with additional District and Superior Court dates coming up on April 30.
37-year-old Shannon Carson Combs of Boone Trail in Purlear was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (April 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny of a firearm. He was also charged with three counts of failure to appear on felony. Combs was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $3,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for April 27 and July 18.
36-year-old Jerry Wayne Frazier, Jr. of Sheely Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 24) on two counts of failure to appear on a felony. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 11 in Lenoir.
Rainfall continued overnight bringing up to another inch of rain over parts of the Upper Catawba River. The forecast was for the showers to dissipate this morning (April 25) and the remainder of the day was expected to be mostly dry. There continues to be a chance of an additional one half to one inch of rain on Thursday afternoon into the evening followed by a mostly dry weekend.
According to Duke Energy, the conditions of the Upper Catawba as of 9 a.m. today were as follows:
Bridgewater/Lake James was at 101.7 feet, steady with stream gages dropping. Lake Rhodhiss was at 97.43 feet and rising with strong inflows from John’s River. Lake Rhodhiss was at 102 feet. The stream gage was dropping but overnight rain slowed the decrease.
Oxford/Lake Hickory was at 96.8 feet with a 12 foot gate. Inflows have been higher than anticipated with additional overnight rainfall. Lookout was at 102.26 feet with a current 12 foot gate at Oxford, projections are not to exceed 103 feet. Cowan’s Ford was at 99.58 feet.
Hydro Operations has re-evaluated the work at Oxford Dam and last yesterday determined the work would be to a point to allow for refilling of Lake Hickory beginning Friday evening. However, with the heavy rainfall and strong inflows, work was completed last night that will allow the level of Hickory to begin increasing today.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Jeremy Tony Adams, formerly of Broome Street in Lincolnton was located overnight in Gastonia and is safe. Adams was reported missing by the Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon (April 24).
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Burke County, 47-year-old Shawn Russ Barlow. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Barlow, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Mr. Barlow is 6'2", 225 pounds, he's bald with brown eyes. Mr. Barlow was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored jacket, and a colored ball cap. He was last seen at McAlpine Adult Care at 3806 Kathy Road in Morganton. A Silver Alert was issued for Mr. Barlow last Friday and he was found safe later that same day.
Anyone with information about Shawn Russ Barlow should call Deputy M. LaRoche at the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-437-1911.
17-year-old Marcus Anthony Chavez of 34th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 24) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Chavez was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (April 25) and May 1.
23-year-old Austin Markize Saddler, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Tuesday (April 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of stolen goods. Saddler is also charged on a bill of indictment with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bond for Saddler was set at $30,000. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 25), a Superior Court appearance is set for June 25.
U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney has sentenced 22-year-old Jackson Suddreth Tyler of Troutman to 228 months (19 years) in prison. The announcement was made Tuesday (April 24) by R. Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Whitney also ordered Tyler to serve six years under court supervision after he is released from prison. Tyler pleaded guilty in October 2017 to possession with intent to distribute MDMA and discharging a firearm during and in furtherance to a drug trafficking crime.
According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on January 24, 2017, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call for service at a residence located in Troutman. Upon arrival at the residence, law enforcement found Tyler and a deceased male, 20-year-old Kelvin Ramona Velez of Charlotte, who had sustained a gunshot wound. Law enforcement determined that approximately an hour had passed before the 911 call was made in regards to the shooting.
According to court records, Tyler told law enforcement he had not shot the victim. Tyler indicated that the victim had entered the residence armed with a pistol and wearing a mask, and that the victim had shot himself. Contrary to Tyler’s statement about the victim shooting himself, law enforcement determined that a different firearm was used to kill the deceased.
While executing a search warrant at the residence, law enforcement determined that Tyler was manufacturing ecstacy pills and firearms. Law enforcement seized from the residence large capacity magazines and 33 firearms, two of which were stolen and one with an obilerated serial number, gun parts, and 6,051 rounds of ammunition, as well as items used in manufactuing MDMA (ecstacy) pills, and more than two kilograms of MDMA pills.
Law enforcement also located underneth the victim a firearm and an empty magazine. In addition, according to court records, law enforcement determined that during the delay between the time the deceased was shot and 911 was called, the scene had been disturbed and items were removed from the home.
A murder charge initially filed against Tyler was dismissed in February, 2017. Authorities believed there was not enough evidence to prove that Tyler did not act in self defense.
36-year-old Joseph Edward Morin of Newton, was given an active prison term of three to nine years following his conviction for third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (April 23).
The Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Morin following his guilty plea. Morin’s sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which included prior convictions for burglary in Indian River County, Fla. (June 2007), possession of cocaine in Indian River County, Fla. (February 2010) and possession of immediate precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine in Catawba County (February 2015).
In January 2017, the defendant was found to be in possession of three images of child pornography. The images depicted children engaged in sexual acts and were found on Morin’s computer.
Nathan Anderson was the investigator for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation with assistance from Newton Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Alison Martin prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Lenoir man was sentenced to spend 20 to 29 years in prison after a Caldwell County jury found him guilty of first-degree sex offense with a child on Monday (April 23).
54-year-old George William Sheffield was given the active prison term by the Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, after the jury returned its verdict following about an hour of deliberation Monday in Caldwell County Superior Court. The trial started April 17 and took six days to complete.
Sheffield showed pornographic material to a then-12-year-old autistic boy and sexually assaulted him in various ways in July 2015. Investigators found items that were used in the assault at the scene. The minor child was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital then was transferred to Mission Hospital in Asheville. A rape kit was completed there along with interviews of the boy. Serology and DNA evidence linking the defendant to the crime were obtained from testing.
Jessica Wesson, now with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, investigated the case for Lenoir Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee handled prosecution for the State.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has been missing since the early morning hours of April 21, 2018. Detective Justin Link identified the man as 30-year-old Jeremy Tony Adams formerly of 1609 Broome Street in Lincolnton.
Adams was last seen at around 3:40 a.m. last Saturday (April 21), when he was discharged from the emergency room at CHS-Lincoln. Due to substance abuse problems in his past the family fears for his safety. Adams is described as a white male, 5' 9", weighing around 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He has tattoos on his left forearm and upper left arm.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked the contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
18-year-old Caleb Lee Elkins was arrested this afternoon (April 24) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felon larceny after breaking and entering. Elkins was arrested at 1:07 p.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
Two people have been arrested and one more is at-large in connection to a camper that was broken into earlier this month while it was parked in a wooded area near River Run Road.
19-year-old Bradley Kendall Freeman of River Run Road and 19-year-old Jacob Maquazes Shaffer of Riverfield Drive, both from Statesville, have been arrested on two felony counts each of breaking & entering a vehicle, plus misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to property. 19-year-old Ty’Heem Antoine Phifer of Branchwood Road in Statesville is wanted on the same charges.
The incidents occurred from March 20 to April 5 of this year. A report was filed with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office on April 3. Responding Officers learned that someone had forced their way through the door of an Airstream camper. Once inside, they did several hundred dollars’ worth of damage and they stole a 24-inch ax the victim kept in the camper. Detectives searched the scene and learned there was a residence a few hundred yards from the camper, through the woods.
On April 10, Detectives went back to the camper where they could see that someone had returned to the camper. Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from a camera they had placed at the scene. The footage clearly showed three young men entering the camper on April 5.
An Iredell Co. School Resource Deputy identified one of the subjects as Ty’Heem Phifer. On April 12, Detectives made contact with a second person seen in the surveillance images. He was Bradley Freeman. Detectives soon learned that the third suspect was Jacob Maquazes Shaffer.
Freeman and Shaffer were both arrested. Freeman was given a $5,000 secured bond and Shaffer’s bond was set at $4,000, secured. They’re both due in court on May 7.
Warrants are outstanding for Phifer’s arrest. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office.
39-year-old Jason Donald Buchanan of Doc Pugh Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (April 23) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
Buchanan was taken into custody without incident at the bar where he works on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. He was processed and released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Road closures are reported in Caldwell County due to flooding. As of this morning (April 24), according to Caldwell County Emergency Services, Brown Mountain Beach Road is closed at the intersection with Adako Road. Wilson Creek has risen to cover Brown Mountain Beach Road about 100 yards from the intersection.
In addition, Emergency Services reports the Old Johns River Road is closed at the second bridge. The road is flooded, not the bridge. Caldwell County officials say that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is en route to assess the area. Area fire departments were putting up closure signs.
48-year-old William Andrew South of East Frank Dillard Road in Jefferson was arrested Monday (April 23) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. South was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (April 27) and May 24.
21-year-old Richard Anderson Burnette of Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Bond for Burnette was set at $2,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.