53-year-old Jeffrey Brent Church of Edwards Circle in Connelly Springs has been arrested by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Inner-County Counterdrug Enforcement (I.C.E.) Unit on charges of felony trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and trafficking in meth by transportation.
Church had been the focus of an undercover drug investigation for several months. He was initially arrested and charged with trafficking in meth on April 27 after a search warrant was executed at his residence on Pinewood Road in Granite Falls. During that search, just over $9,000 in cash, firearms, approximately 39 grams of meth and 53 oxycodone pills were seized. At that time, Church was released after posting bond for pending drug charges in both Catawba and Caldwell counties.
Yesterday (May 23), Church was arrested following a vehicle stop on White Pine Drive in Sawmills as the result of a separate investigation conducted by the I.C.E. Unit. Church was found to be in possession of approximately 56.5 grams of meth, two pistols, and $4,637 in cash. The drugs seized during both operations have an estimated street value of $16,935.
Following his most recent arrest, Church was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.
Additional charges are expected.
Nine suspects face charges in connection to an investigation in Lincoln County. According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, May 24) by the Lincolnton Police Department, On September 22, 2016, detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department served several felony drug related warrants on 36-year-old Paul Richard Walton, Jr., AKA “Pooh-Pooh” and “Pretty Paul.”
Among the felony drug warrants served was a charge for continuing criminal enterprise. The investigation was open and several other arrests were expected. Eight other co-defendants were either charged or waiting to be charged as a result of this investigation. Continuing criminal enterprise is a Class C Felony and if convicted the defendants can serve between 44 months to 210 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections, depending on their prior records.
Paul Walton is currently in the Lincoln County Jail with a $250,000 secured bond. He has additional pending charges other than the Continuing Criminal Enterprise to include 14 counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine along with several additional drug offenses.
According to the news release, the other suspects charged in connection to the Continuing Criminal Enterprise include the following individuals: Paul Walton’s brother, 34-year-old William Perry Walton, AKA “Bookie." Their mother, 64-year-old Elizabeth Hall Walton. 35-year-old Shamaine Antwan Edwards, AKA “Duck." 30-year-old Michael Odell Fair, AKA “UFO” and “Unidentified." 40-year-old Connell Jerome Forney, Jr. 26-year-old Brittany Danielle Sigmon. 33-year-old Dwayne Percell Sledge, Jr., AKA “New York." and 45-year-old William Lee Hall, AKA “Chilly Willie."
The news release lists various charges including drug counts filed against all of the suspects, with the exception of Sigmon, her charges are not listed. This specific case started from citizen complaints involving Paul Walton and reports of his alleged illegal drug distribution, specifically at his residence located in the Oaklawn community.
18-year-old Corey Jermaine Brodie of Zion Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday (May 23) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Events leading to his arrest began earlier in the day when a subject shoplifted a multi-device flash drive from the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. Police responded to the store as the subject attempted to return the stolen flash drive. The suspect had left the store by the time Police arrived.
Later, a person matching the suspect description was a passenger in a 2014 Ford Mustang that was stopped on Highway 70 S.E. He was identified as Corey Brodie.
Brodie was taken into custody without incident. He was released into his mother’s custody under a $1,000 secured bond. Brodie was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
43-year-old Joseph Bob Mays, Jr. of 13th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:40 Tuesday morning (May 23) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an anonymous call regarding a drug overdose at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Officers arrived and found an unresponsive female subject in the hotel room. She treated and transported to Frye Regional Medical Center. According to Police, the female subject was responsive as of 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
Joseph Mays was also in the room. A search led to the discovery of five dosage units of Alprazolam, 8.3 grams of methamphetamine, 2.6 grams of heroin and 1.5 grams of marijuana.
Mays was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 24) in Newton.
19-year-old Thomas Noah Taylor was arrested today (Wednesday, May 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon and probation violation. Taylor was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 26) in Morganton.
29-year-old Jeffrey Todd Crouse was arrested this morning (Wednesday, May 24) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Crouse was arrested at an address on South Industrial Park Road. He was placed in jail under $13,000 secured bond, a court date was scheduled for today.
Investigators with the Statesville Police Department, conducting an ongoing investigation into the operation of illegal sweepstakes style gaming machine locations, executed simultaneous search warrants on Monday evening (May 22) at three locations. All three locations operate under the name “Pure Fire.” The addresses are 112 Signal Hill Drive, 3442 East Broad Street, and 1470 West Front Street.
As a result of the searches at all three locations, Investigators worked late into the night and seized in excess of 120 electronic gaming machines and computers along with U.S. currency. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against the owners/operators of the establishments.
Sweepstakes style games are illegal to maintain and operate in the State of North Carolina.
A suspect charged with multiple drug offenses has reportedly been arrested in connection to a poppy field discovered in Catawba County. 37-year-old Cody Xiong of C Avenue in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacturing schedule II controlled substance and trafficking opium or heroin.
Published reports say Xiong's arrest is connected to the discovery of a large opium poppy field on Poultry Lane near Claremont. The reports said undercover officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant for the field Tuesday morning.
Poppy plants are grown to create opium, which is used to make drugs such as heroin. It is against the law to grow poppy plants in North Carolina. The published reports say that authorities estimate that the plants found in Catawba County are worth half a billion dollars.
Xiong was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 24).
41-year-old Cornelius Montreal Peeler of Langston Drive in Shelby was arrested early this morning (Wednesday, May 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
Hickory Police responded to a report of the theft of a vehicle from an address on 12th Street Drive NW. Relatives of the victim found the vehicle at S & S Automotive and Body Shop on Airport Rhodhiss Road. Police received information stating that Peeler left the vehicle at the business for repairs needed due to a wreck. Peeler returned to the shop and was arrested.
He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
According to multiple published reports, a large opium poppy field was found on Poultry Lane near Claremont. The reports say undercover officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant for the field this morning (Tuesday, May 23).
Poppy plants are grown to create opium, which is used to make drugs such as heroin. It is against the law to grow poppy plants in North Carolina. The published reports say that officers estimate that the plants found in Catawba County are worth half a billion dollars.
WHKY will have more details as the Sheriff's Office releases them.
Just before 10:15 this morning (May 23), Statesville Police responded to a reported home invasion that took place at a mobile home on Park Drive in Statesville. Officers found an adult male stabbing victim and a female victim across the street at a neighbor’s residence where they went to seek help.
Investigators learned that two suspects kicked open the mobile home’s front door and then kicked open the 43-year-old male victim’s bedroom door. A struggle ensued in the bedroom and the male victim was stabbed. The 55-year-old female victim said one of the suspects forced open her bedroom door and dragged her from the bedroom.
Both suspects fled from the mobile home park on foot, headed east, possibly into a wooded area. The suspects were described as two black males with dark clothing. They had their hoodies pulled up and may have been wearing bandanas. One of the suspects may have been armed with a handgun.
The male victim was initially taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred, in stable condition, to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for further treatment. The female victim was not injured. The victim’s names have not been released.
The investigation is in its early stages. Police cannot say at this time if the incident is connected to another home invasion last week at an 81-year-old male victim’s residence on Stockton Street.
Anyone with information should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
On May 19, the Caldwell County Health Department was one of 15 health departments that were awarded reaccredidation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department.
According to Accreditation Administrator Amy Belflower Thomas, the reaccredited agencies “demonstrate a strong commitment to continuously work to improve the quality of services provided to their respective communities”.
North Carolina is the first state in the country to mandate accreditation for its local health departments. The purpose of the accreditation program is to assure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.
In December of last year, the Caldwell County Health Department provided evidence to a site-visit team to show proficiency in 147 benchmarks. They also participated in an on-site visit on March 9 & 10 of this year. The team evaluated the evidence provided and determined that Caldwell County Health Department showed competency in 145 of the 147 benchmarks.
For more information, contact Anna Martin with the Caldwell County Health Department at email@example.com or 828-426-8506.
31-year-old Heather Michelle Nalley Setzer was arrested Monday (May 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with four counts of financial card fraud, three counts of unlawfully obtaining a credit card, and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. All of the charges are felonies.
According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, on March 16, 2017 Buford and Debra Nalley filed a report with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that their daughter, Heather Setzer, had opened several financial cards using her parent’s personal information.
The parents provided Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Richard Calhoun with supporting documentation for most of the accounts in question. During the investigation video surveillance was obtained from Walmart and Dollar General in Lincolnton that showed Setzer using one of the fraudulent credit cards.
Fifth Third Bank and Chase Financial provided Detective Calhoun with an internet IP address used to open the fraudulent accounts and found that address registered to Charter Communications. A search warrant was served at Charter which turned up the address registered to Setzer of Union Church Road in Lincolnton. The total amount for all of the fraudulent charges combined was $37,698.51.
The news release says Setzer confessed to the charges and was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 23).
41-year-old John Matthew Ward of 20th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:50 Sunday morning (May 21) on one felony count of breaking & entering a trailer or aircraft and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a breaking & entering call at the Sears store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. The suspect, identified as John Ward, was taking used tires from a trailer that belonged to the business. Ward was taken into custody without incident on the scene.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 22) with Ward’s next court date coming up on June 12.
The Newton Recreation Department kicks off the annual Movies in the Park series on Friday, June 23, with a free showing of “The Lego Batman Movie.”
The movie will begin at dusk at Southside Park, located at 1775 Southwest Blvd., Newton. Popcorn is free thanks to the local businesses and organizations that sponsor the event, including HealthSmart Pharmacy.
Drinks and snack concessions will be available for sale. Get in the spirit of the movie by dressing up as your favorite Lego Batman character. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and enjoy a free movie this summer.
Additional movies to be featured later in the series will be announced soon. For more information about the Movies in the Park series, please call the Newton Recreation Department at 828-695-4317.
40-year-old Billy Clay Everhart was arrested Monday (May 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Everhart was placed in jail in Morganton, his bond was set at $11,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for June 27.
46-year-old Bradley Dean Reece was arrested this morning (Tuesday, May 23) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Reece also faces a count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $11,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
34-year-old Tony Lee of 1st Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (May 22) by the Department of Motor Vehicles. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Lee was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 23).
18-year-old Ross Lee Buterbaugh of Jarrett Farm Road in Newton and 19-year-old Gabriel Drake Heffner of East Boyd Street in Maiden were both arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (May 23) under $5,000 bond apiece. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.
21-year-old Samantha Leanne Brooke Mclean of Hawthorne Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (May 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mclean was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 23).