A Burke County teenager will spend at least the next five years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 29).
19-year-old Caleb Joseph Van-Arsdale entered the guilty plea and was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, imposed the sentence for Van Arsdale.
Van Arsdale shot and killed 20-year-old Jacob Andrew Lucas of Gaston County on September 14, 2016, at the residence where Van Arsdale and his girlfriend were living in eastern Burke County.
The defendant left for work on the night of September 13, but returned home earlier than usual the next morning to find Lucas in the home with Van Arsdale’s girlfriend. After a verbal exchange, Van Arsdale fired a blast from a shotgun that struck Lucas at close range and killed him.
Using the victim’s vehicle, Van Arsdale took his girlfriend to a family member’s home before finally turning himself in at the Hickory Police Department later that day.
Burton Wilbur led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. David Learner and Frank Webster prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
More information has been released regarding the arrests of 32-year-old Shawncody Lee Hanton of Bethel Road and 32-year-old Richard James Ussery of Oakshire Circle, both from Charlotte. The two were arrested by Hickory Police at 1:30 a.m. yesterday (November 29). They were each charged with three felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ussery was also charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he was charged with a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation.
At about 10:30 Sunday night (November 27), a 30-year-old man who lives on 5th Avenue S.W. let his friend, Richard James Ussery, into his apartment. Ussery did not completely shut the door. A short time later, Shawncody Lee Hanton, who was unknown to the victim, entered the residence. He pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. Both suspects left the apartment with the victim’s cell phone, his wallet and about $200 in cash.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol later spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 321 S.W. Troopers pursued the vehicle into Gastonia, where it crashed. Both suspects were in the vehicle. A small quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana were also found. H.P.D. arrived on the scene and took both men back to Hickory.
It’s unclear why three robbery charges were filed against each suspect. No drug charges have been filed at this time.
Both suspects remain in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hanton's bond was set at $200,000, secured, while Ussery was given a $311,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court yesterday with their next appearances coming up on December 13. Ussery has additional court dates on December 5, 14 & 16.
A third person arrested in connection to a double homicide in Burke County will face the death penalty. The case is from September of this year.
During Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 29), prosecutors for the State announced they will proceed with the case against 33-year-old Scott Devon Hemphill of Charlotte as a capital matter.
Hemphill is charged with two counts of murder in connection to the September 17 deaths of Spencer Murray and Albert Austin, whose bodies were found in the trunk of a burned vehicle.
He is the third suspect tied to the double homicide who will face the death penalty. The State announced two weeks ago that it will seek the death penalty for Icey Chennell Gooden and Brian Jerome Robinson, co-defendants in the murder case.
23-year-old Devon Eugene Reedy of Sun Valley Trail in Lincolnton and 23-year-old Dakota Bret Hull of Tallent Road in Vale were arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Reedy was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hull was charged with one felony count each of conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and obtain property by false pretense.
According to detectives, one of the subjects sold methamphetamine to an undercover detective on a previous date and arranged to sell to the officer again on Tuesday. Detectives say both subjects met with the undercover officer and received money to purchase methamphetamine. Detectives say both men left the meeting location and walked to a nearby residence but never returned. Later, detectives conducting surveillance went to the residence and found both suspects.
According to a news release, both suspects admitted to taking the money and buying beer, cigarettes, and marijuana with it. Narcotics detectives seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia from one of the suspects and both were taken into custody.
Reedy received a $30,000 secured bond. Hull's bond was set at $20,000 secured. No court dates were listed.
40-year-old Loretta Ann Barnes of Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Probation and Parole Officers. She's charged with one count of felony probation violation. Barnes was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.
The Hickory Police Department is seeking public assistance in the investigation of an incident in which a pedestrian was struck during a hit and run. The incident occurred Monday (November 28), at approximately 8 p.m. in the 200 Block of 12th Ave NE between Viewmont Baptist Church and the Cubbard Express Exxon Convenience Store.
The victim, 28-year-old Joshua Edward Holden, of Hickory, was located on the ground with severe injuries believed to be sustained from being struck by a vehicle. Holden was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center and then later to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem where he is currently in critical condition.
The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident to contact Investigator J. Patterson at 828-261-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
29-year-old Odessa Dawn Carroll of Perkins Road SE in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Carroll was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 30).
A Catawba County man and Iredell County woman have been charged with multiple counts of larceny for allegedly stealing packages from homes. One of the suspects was out on parole and just recently had an ankle monitoring device removed.
22-year-old Sage Lawson Owings of Long Island Road in Catawba and 25-year-old Brittany Elizabeth Butler of Brookridge Lane in Mooresville were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Owings was arrested Tuesday (November 29) and Butler was arrested Monday (November 28). They're each charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny.
According to a news release issued Tuesday, on November 17, Deputies responded to two different addresses off of Brawley School Road in reference to packages being stolen off of the front porches. At one of the addresses, video surveillance captured a male and female suspect stealing the package and also mail from the home. Detective Justin Carroll followed up on the investigation and he was able to identify the suspects as Sage Owings and Brittany Butler.
Owings was located at an address in Catawba County and was questioned about the incident. The news release says that Owings later confessed to stealing the two packages. Butler was also found and also reportedly confessed to being with Owings during the thefts. A third package was reported stolen the next day and a neighbor gave a suspect description matching Owings and Butler. The neighbor was also able to give a vehicle description.
Detectives were able to recover some of the property from the suspects in this matter. The suspects turned part of the stolen property over to their attorney. The list of items stolen ranged from Christmas lights, to clothing, and mail with a total value of over $350.
Owings, who was released on Post Release which was formerly known as Parole from prison for 1st degree burglary charges on May 31. The parole was scheduled to end in late February 2017. Owings is also currently on Probation for 60 Months for Felony Larceny for charges out of Lincoln County. Owings was on an ankle monitoring device from August 25 until November 23 of this year when it was removed.
Bond for Owings on the larceny charges was set at $3,000 secured, bond for Butler was set at $5,000 unsecured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court January 13.
38-year-old Windy Jane Messer of Brickyard Way in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Messer was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (December 1).
18-year-old James Quavon Herring of West 20th Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and resisting a public officer. Herring was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 30).
The State Bureau of Investigation is continuing it's probe into an officer-involved shooting Monday (November 28) in Catawba County. The name of the man shot was released late Tuesday (November 29). 41-year-old Irecas Raysion Valentine was the man shot and killed in the incident.
The shooting occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday in the 1100 Block of 15th Street NE in Hickory. Catawba County Sheriff's Officers Narcotics Officers were conducting an investigation in the area when they approached Valentine. He attempted to flee in his vehicle and damaged a patrol car. After the accident, Valentine was fired upon by a Catawba County Narcotics Investigator. He passed away later in the day at Frye Regional Medical Center.
An Autopsy was performed Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center. The report on the autopsy could take months to finalize. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is cooperating with the SBI in the investigation. The Narcotics Officer's name has not been released.
The SBI reports that Valentine was involved in a shooting with a member of the Hickory Police Department in 2011, that shooting took place after a vehicle and foot pursuit. The Hickory Police Officer was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Valentine entered a guilty plea to charges connected with that incident.
18-year-old Sahier Lavon Richardson of Grimes Street, 18-year-old Juran Maghi Witherspoon of Windy Valley Trail, and 19-year-old Derico Devontay Misenhaimer of Bomar Drive, all from Charlotte, were all arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle, six felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, three felony counts of conspiracy, three misdemeanor counts of larceny, one count of injury to personal property and one count of attempted breaking and entering a motor vehicle.
The three suspects are charged in connection to a rash of October, 2016, vehicle break-ins in the area of Berkeley Road in Denver.
According to detectives, on the morning of October 12, Andrew Pierce of West Berkeley Road reported that his white 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van was stolen from his driveway and a truck on the property had also been entered and items stolen. Deputies also took reports from other residents on Berkeley Road and Natalie Commons Drive whose vehicle had been broken into.
Detectives learned that a short time after the van was stolen in Denver it was used during a break-in to a gun store in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Detectives developed additional information through two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department investigations that the three men were responsible for the larceny of the white Chrysler Town and Country van and the breaking and entering of vehicles in the "Villages of Denver" subdivision in October 2016.
Warrants have been served on Misenhaimer, who remains in jail in Iredell County on other charges. Richardson and Witherspoon remain in federal custody in South Carolina. The Lincoln County warrants have not yet been served on them.
28-year-old Jordan Ryan Miller of 3rd Avenue Place SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 28) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with common law robbery and assault on a government official. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 29).
56-year-old James Edward Williams of Statesville was arrested today (Tuesday, November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, November 30).
The Morganton man charged with activities connected to ISIS entered a guilty plea today (Tuesday, November 29).
20-year-old Justin Nojan Sullivan pleaded guilty to one count of attempted terrorism. According to published reports, that guilty plea was entered in federal court this morning.
Sullivan still faces capital murder charges in Burke County related to the 2014 shooting death of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark. Sentencing is scheduled for a later date, Sullivan faces between 360 months to life in prison.
19-year-old Jaylyn Labron Bailey of Unity Drive, 17-year-old Jamiah Jehu Scott of Eastside Drive and 19-year-old Alvertis James Hughes of Hill Street, all from Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were all charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.
On the morning of November 14, Deputies arrested Damaja Keshon Watts for breaking into an outbuilding and stealing a dirt bike on Barbary Drive. Through further investigation, three other suspects (Bailey, Scott and Hughes) were connected to the incident.
Bailey and Scott were arrested on November 16 with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. Hughes was arrested on Saturday, (November 26). He was given a $6,000 secured bond. Bailey will appear in court on February 27. Scott is due in court on December 7 and Hughes’ next appearance was set for December 12.
This investigation is ongoing. Authorities suspect it may lead to further information regarding additional break-ins and dirt bike larcenies.
28-year-old Brittany Danielle Boykin of Taylors, South Carolina was arrested by Hickory Police at 9 a.m. yesterday (November 28) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of larceny. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged her with possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.
She was arrested after Police responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. Officers arrived to find that a Walmart employee had stopped the suspect outside the store.
The suspect, Brittany Danielle Boykin, allegedly took a Conair Infiniti Pro hair straightener from the shelves and returned it at the service desk in exchange for a gift card. She then attempted to leave the store. The item was valued at $32.
Boykin was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
56-year-old James Edward Williams of Statesville was arrested today (Tuesday, November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.
23-year-old Brooke Danielle Reed was arrested Monday (November 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Reed was arrested at an address on Burkemont Avenue. She is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County, Reed is scheduled to appear in Superior Court January 3. A January 4 District Court date is listed for a pair of misdemeanor drug charges.
36-year-old Joshua Alberto Florez was arrested Monday (November 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Florez was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court date is set for January 3.