Narcotics Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were out early this morning (February 15) rounding up suspects in a drug operation. "Operation M-80" is targeting 80 individuals wanted for various drug offenses. Officers began making arrests this morning and were planning to continue the operation until all suspects were in custody.
Watch WHKY-TV News tonight for the latest details on the operation, along with a conversation with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid about the roundup.
The new Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO was introduced during today's Annual Shareholder and Investor Luncheon. Lindsay Keisler, who has been serving as Interim President since Danny Hearn's retirement, has been elevated to the position on a permanent basis. Keisler grew up in Conover and had served as Senior Vice President since 2013. The Keynote Speaker for the Chamber Luncheon was Clifton Lambreth, a North Carolina native who worked for more than 26 years for Ford Motor Company including during the company's financial recovery from 2006 to 2009.
36-year-old Mary Nicole Miskell was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution. In addition, Miskell is charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first degree trespassing.
Miskell was arrested at an address on NC Highway 73 in Denver shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $7,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 16).
27-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen goods, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tipps was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
54-year-old Todd Douglas Setzer of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Setzer was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 6.
39-year-old Margaret James Lasley of 17th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin. Lasley was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $125,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 20.
32-year-old Stephanie Lynn Bryant of Wilkesboro was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine in a local confinement facility. Bryant was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 16).
50-year-old Darren Keith Correll of SW Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Correll was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for March 7.
21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution and aid and abet misdemeanor larceny. Ridings was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $16,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for March 7 and March 23.
45-year-old Anthony Curtis Brady of Belleview, Florida has been arrested by Maiden Police for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He has been in jail on that charge since January 23. Yesterday (February 13), Brady was served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Brady was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Marion County, Florida for grand theft. He accused of taking a 1999 Volvo from a female victim in Summerfield, Florida. The vehicle was taken between January 2 and January 7, while the victim was in the hospital in Florida.
Brady remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond on the stolen vehicle charge. Bond was set at $2,000, secured, on the fugitive warrant. Brady was scheduled to appear in court yesterday with an appearance on the fugitive warrant set for today in Newton.
22-year-old Steven Leo Antonio Munoz of Longview Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, four counts of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense.
On January 27, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the larceny of batteries from two logging trucks parked on the side of the Salisbury Highway. The next day, batteries were stolen from several tractors at a farm in the area of Barry Oak Road. On February 2, another report was filed regarding the theft of additional batteries from another piece of farm machinery in the Barry Oak Road area. A total of ten batteries were stolen with a value of $1,220.
An investigation led to the identification of Steven Leo Antonio Munoz as a suspect. Munoz was confronted and interviewed. He admitted to stealing batteries from farms in Iredell and Rowan counties.
Rowan County Detectives reported that 13 batteries were stolen in their county. Detectives were able to locate a total of 11 batteries that were sold to a business in Statesville by Munoz. The suspect provided a false name at the time of the sale; however, the business owner obtained a tag number from the vehicle Munoz drove.
Munoz was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (February 13). The suspect will likely face additional charges from Rowan County.
Munoz is currently on probation. Last year, Munoz was charged with multiple counts B&E, larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. Those charges were consolidated on January 30, 2017. At that time, Munoz pleaded guilty to a lesser degree of misdemeanor larceny. He was placed on supervised probation for 24 months.
22-year-old Brock Mackie Towery of 20th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:35 last night (February 13) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident on October 24, 2016 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Several items were taken from the passenger area of an off-duty Hickory Police Officer’s personal vehicle, which had been left unlocked. Items taken included a 9mm Glock handgun (which was the female Officer’s service weapon), two magazines, a holster, handcuffs, an Asp baton, pepper spray, the Officer’s duty belt and a light.
The Officer, who was a trainee at the time of the incident, is no longer employed by the Hickory Police Department. It’s not clear if any of the stolen items were recovered.
Towery was taken into custody without incident yesterday in the vicinity of Modern Nissan on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The Alexander County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in which a child was attacked by a pit bull.
On Saturday (February 11) at approximately 1:45 p.m., the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a call to respond to a residence on Pop Davis Road in Taylorsville. The call was in reference to a nine-year-old child being attacked by a dog. Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers responded along with Alexander County EMS. Upon arrival, the officers found a pit bull had attacked a boy who was playing in the neighbor’s yard.
Alexander County Animal Control responded to the scene and took control of the pit bull. The investigation revealed that the boy was playing in the yard of the owner of the dog with another child. The investigation also revealed that the pit bull dog was in the residence of the owner, and the dog had escaped through the screen door of the owner’s residence. The boy had injuries to his ear and was transported by Alexander County EMS to Iredell Memorial Hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
26-year-old Sarah Renee Grooms of Startown Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (February 13) one three felony counts of assault or affray on an E.M.T. She was also served with three misdemeanor failure to appear warrants issued in December of last year for hit & run with property damage, D.W.I. and reckless driving to endanger.
The felony charges come in connection to an incident on February 3 when Officers responded to a disturbance at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Grooms reportedly resisted doctors and medical personnel by biting and spitting at them. She allegedly bit two nurses and pushed a doctor to the floor.
She was admitted to the hospital and warrants for her arrest were issued the same day. Grooms was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the hospital.
She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $37,500 secured bond, plus a $250 bond on a warrant for non-support of a child issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Grooms was scheduled to appear in District Court today on the assault charges. Additional court dates were set for February 16 and March 24.
26-year-old Aaron Thomas Annas of McCall Town Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Annas was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $4,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
19-year-old Tommy Lee Long of Taylors, South Carolina, was arrested Monday (February 13) by Boone Police Officers. He's charged with felonious common law robbery, felonious possession of a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor assault on a female, and felonious speeding to elude arrest.
Monday at approximately 7:50 a.m., Boone Police responded to a reported carjacking at the Holiday Inn Express at 1943 Blowing Rock Road. The suspect pulled a female from her 2016 Dodge Charger and then left traveling south on Highway 321 towards Blowing Rock. A short time later a Blowing Rock Police Department Officer spotted the vehicle. The suspect refused to heed blue lights and siren and a chase ensued. The vehicle continued south on Highway 321 towards Lenoir.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department responded to assist with the chase. At approximately 8:10 a.m., Officers from the Lenoir Police Department deployed stop sticks to keep the vehicle from entering the city at a high rate of speed. The suspect attempted to avoid the stop sticks and lost control of his vehicle.
The suspect struck a Lenoir Police Department K-9 vehicle that was stationary in the highway median. The suspect fled from the vehicle but was captured a short time later. Two officers that were in the Lenoir Police Department vehicle were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. They were treated and released from the hospital later in the morning. Neither the K-9 nor the suspect were injured in the collision.
Bond for Long was set at $30,000 secured. A Watauga County District Court appearance is scheduled for March 30. Additional charges are pending from the Lenoir Police Department.
34-year-old Melinda Nicole Curtis of Campground Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with violating a house arrest order. Curtis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
44-year-old Christopher Matthew Hambrick of Floral Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hambrick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, February 14).
36-year-old Harvey Jerome Jenkins was arrested Monday (February 13) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking heroin. Jenkins was placed in jail in Morganton. No bond was set on the trafficking count, his bond is $50,000 secured on previously filed drug charges. No court date was listed.
New names have been added to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
51-year-old Phillip Berryman is wanted for fail to report a new address as a sex offender. His last known address was 109 Regatta Lane in Mooresville.
25-year-old Emily King is wanted for possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Her last known address was 6412 White Water Drive in Charlotte.
56-year-old William Booker remains on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He's wanted for attempt to obtain property by false pretense. Booker's last known address was 314 Braden Drive in Charlotte.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted in Iredell County at the Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at their Statesville office, 704-878-3180, or at the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.