A local company has reduced the price of it's bottled water in an effort to assist area residents who are preparing for the possible arrival of rough weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma. It's possible the area could be affected early next week. Hav-A-Cup Coffee Service on 1st Street West in Conover is selling cases of water for $6.50, marked down from $10.25, while supplies last.
38-year-old Christopher Terrell Scott of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Scott was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (September 11).
26-year-old Jacob Adam Patterson of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of breaking and entering and one count of possession of stolen property. Patterson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $33,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.
33-year-old Suzanne Loray Powell of 54th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, sale of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Powell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $507,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 8).
48-year-old Sheila Ann Giffin of Nottingham Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance schedule VI, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, felony manufacturing a controlled substance schedule VI, misdemeanor child abuse, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Operating on a citizen tip about marijuana, deputies responded to a residence on Nottingham Road north of Lincolnton on Wednesday. On arrival deputies observed two marijuana plants growing in plain sight near the front door of the apartment in the 2400 block of Nottingham Road. Deputies attempted to make contact with the occupant of the apartment but were unable to do so.
A search warrant was secured for the inside of the apartment and after making entry deputies located a black zip up bag containing several smaller bags of marijuana, additional marijuana in a prescription bottle, and drug paraphernalia. The items and the marijuana plants from the outside of the residence were seized and placed in evidence.
Officers made contact with the renter, Sheila Ann Giffin, who agreed to meet deputies at the magistrate’s office where she was arrested and charged. Giffin was released on a $15,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first District Court appearance yesterday (September 7).
A Granite Falls woman will not face the death penalty for her alleged involvement in a June 2015 murder.
Prosecutors for the State of North Carolina announced during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (September 7), that they will not pursue capital punishment for 32-year-old Summer Michelle Coleman in connection with the June 1, 2015, shooting death of 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison at 38 8th Ave. Drive SE near N.C. 127 in Hickory.
She was indicted by a Catawba County Grand Jury on Aug. 7, 2017. Coleman is one of three defendants charged with murder in the death of Ellison. 25-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis of Statesville, and 26-year-old DeMarcus Kashaun Pollard of Hickory, also face murder charges. Neither of them is facing the death penalty.
A Hickory man was found guilty of multiple sexual offenses and other charges by a jury during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 6).
32-year-old Michael Christopher Weaver was sentenced to an active prison term of 44 to 59 years by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, after the jury found him guilty of first-degree forcible rape, first-degree sexual offense, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, communicating threats and four counts of intimidating a witness. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The 12-member panel deliberated for two hours before returning its guilty verdict to wrap up the trial. The offenses occurred January 30, 2016, at Lowman’s Motel in Burke County where the defendant and 30-year-old female victim were staying. Investigation shows that Weaver became angry and attacked the victim with a wooden stick, beating her severely. He then forced her to have sexual intercourse and brutally assaulted her sexually with the stick as well.
Weaver kept the victim in the room overnight before taking her to a hospital the next day. The assaults caused significant injuries that left the victim hospitalized for an extended period of time. The defendant later made threats against the victim on three days early in November 2016 that led to charges for intimidating a witness.
Melanie Robinson was the lead investigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
37-year-old Kaw Yang of Cheng Drive in Statesville was arrested today (September 7) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Yang was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (September 8).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in an area near Campground Road in Denver, NC. Residents began reporting the break-ins this morning (September 7) to vehicles parked at homes on Campground Road, Pin Oaks Drive, Cedar Street, Angie Drive, Osprey Trail and Forest Hills Drive, all in Denver. A total of eight break-ins have been reported.
A vehicle was stolen from a Forest Hills Drive residence but recovered a short distance away on Cedar Street in Denver. It appeared the thief or thieves went from street to street in the area entering vehicles that were left unlocked. One resident who called in a report at approximately 6:00 a.m. today said a suspicious vehicle was seen in the area around 4:30 a.m. but it was not reported.
Thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible. Here are some ways to protect you from being a victim of a vehicle break-in:
LOCK IT OR LOSE IT. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short period of time.
Don’t leave valuables in plain view
If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination.
If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave you exterior lights on at night.
If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space.
Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.
Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.
50-year-old Mickey Gene Mellon of Boyle’s Road in Lawndale was arrested Tuesday (September 5) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in opiates and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Mellon was staying in a camper on Howard's Creek Mill Road in Lincoln County, where U. S. Marshals, Cleveland and Gaston County officers arrested his son, Bradley Gene Mellon following a vehicle chase. Mickey Mellon, who is a convicted felon, was at the scene and had a firearm in his possession. The firearm was described as a black and silver in color Ruger SR9.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit took Mellon into custody and assisted the other agencies in executing a search warrant for the property. During the search officers seized over an ounce of methamphetamine, a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills, more than $800 in cash, a pistol, a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and recovered two stolen vehicles.
Mellon was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He made a first District Court appearance Wednesday (September 6). The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible and additional suspects may be charged.
Mellon’s son, Bradley Mellon, led officers on a two county chase that ended in the 1100 block of Howard’s Creek Mill Road where he was taken into custody without incident. He is accused of firing multiple shots into a Tot Dellinger Road home belonging to a Gaston County Police officer. Bradley Mellon is charged with attempted first degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon. The drive-by, early-morning shooting occurred on August 28. Bradley Mellon is being held in the Gaston County Jail without bond.
26-year-old Brian Blake Blackburn of Shady Valley Lane in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blackburn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (September 7).
32-year-old Cynthia Diane Poole of Weidner Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of forgery, along with single counts of forgery of an endorsement, attempt to obtain controlled substance by fraud, uttering a forged endorsement, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Poole was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court date was slated for today (September 7).
27-year-old Kalem Edward Hicks of Rural Retreat in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. He's also charged with failure to appear. Following the arrest, Hicks was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,000 total bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 7).
A man suspected in a homicide is being sought by authorities in Catawba County. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports 36-year-old Tony Ly was found deceased outside a home in the 5300 Block of Whitener Road, south of Hickory. Authorities were called to the scene at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday (September 6), at that time they found the victim.
The suspect identified by the Sheriff's Office is James Vincent Rinkines, who was said to be in the company of his girlfriend, Rose Shutz. Rinkines is described as a black male, 5'7", 140 pounds. Shutz is described as a white female, 5'4".
They were driving a gray 2011 Dodge Avenger with NC plates reading BBV-6158. The suspect is considered to be extremely dangerous. If you have any information contact Investigator Huffman at 828-465-8340.
36-year-old Jarred Wallace Cheek of Jury Lane in Newton was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cheek was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (September 7).
18-year-old Cody Ray Sigmon of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree kidnapping and assault on a female. Sigmon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 7).
19-year-old Kyle Lee Tinley and 21-year-old Kyle Anthony Lauhon, both of Gaston County, were arrested Monday (September 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Tinley is charged with two felony counts each of obtaining property by false pretenses, conspiracy and financial card fraud. Lauhon is charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and financial card fraud along with two felony counts of conspiracy.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (September 6), on August 25, 2017 two white males used a BB&T credit card to purchase a dump trailer from TRT Trailer Sales valued at more than $6,000. It was later reported by Hendricks Appliances of Hickory that the same two males came to their business attempting to make purchases of big ticket items. The business refused to sell the items to the men but noted that a new trailer the men were using came from TRT Trailer Sales in Lincoln County. The men were recorded on surveillance video at the trailer sales which led to officers identifying the men as Kyle Lee Tinley and Kyle Anthony Lauhon.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives discovered that on August 28 the credit card used at TRT Trailer Sales had been issued to the Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia. After receiving banking information from the church detectives discovered the same card had been used to purchase more than $13,000 worth of pressure washers from Hotsy Equipment Company in Denver.
The news release says on August 29, the same two individuals used a credit card issued to a business in Durham to make a fraudulent purchase of a $6,000 golf cart from Gary’s Golf Carts in Lincolnton. The golf cart has been recovered but the pressure washers and trailer have not been recovered.
The men were arrested Monday by Gaston County authorities on charges filed against them there. Tinley was transferred to Lincoln County while Lauhon is being held in Gaston County. Tinley remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Lauhon is in the Gaston County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond. Tinley has a Lincoln County District Court date September 26, Lauhon was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday. The investigation is continuing.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have filed an additional charge against an eastern Lincoln County man.
34-year-old Brandon Scott Cecil of North NC Highway 16 Business in Denver was charged Wednesday (September 6) with one felony count of second degree exploitation of a minor. He was initially arrested on August 24, 2017 on one felony count each of statutory sex offense of a child and indecent liberties with a child.
Detective Dan Renn received a report on August 4, 2017 that the suspect had been inappropriately touching a female juvenile. The incident occurred at his residence and involved a relative. Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence on August 23 and subsequently arrested the suspect.
Cecil was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate Wednesday. His bond was raised to $130,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 7).
24-year-old Lanikqua Chaneise Caldwell of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory and 27-year-old Michael Thomas Woods of Carver Street in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 yesterday afternoon (September 5). Caldwell was charged with felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Woods was charged with felony possession of a firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.
Their arrests came when Police stopped a 1994 Mercury Marquis on the 200 block of 5th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Woods, the driver, had a concealed handgun. Caldwell, the front passenger, had controlled substances on her person.
Both suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Caldwell set at $10,000, secured, while Woods was given a $1,000 secured bond. Both have since been released. Caldwell and Woods were each scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
26-year-old Anthony Scott Stout was arrested Monday (September 4) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny along with one felony count of B&E to a motor vehicle.
On Tuesday, Detectives from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office traveled to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in reference to the recovery of stolen property from break-ins in Alexander County. Alexander County Detectives have been working in conjunction with Carter County Detectives for approximately a month to locate Anthony Scott Stout, who is believed to be responsible for numerous break-ins and larcenies in Alexander, Wilkes, and Watauga Counties in North Carolina, as well as in Carter County, Tennessee.
Stolen property has been recovered in all four of those counties. According to a news release, Stout was traveling back and forth, allegedly breaking into homes in those counties. It was reported Sunday night that a vehicle had been stolen in Boone. The vehicle was wrecked Monday morning at approximately 4 a.m. in Carter County. Stolen property from the break-ins under investigation was found in the wrecked vehicle.
Authorities believe Stout stole the vehicle and fled scene of the accident. He was taken into custody later Monday, in Washington County, Tennessee for probation violation and resisting arrest. He is being held in Washington County, Tennessee, pending extradition to North Carolina. The reported value of items stolen in the Alexander County larcenies is approximately $50,000. More charges against Stout are pending.