54-year-old Lisa Buckner Deyton, 62-year-old Richard William Deyton, 51-year-old Dina Michelle Fair, and 62-year-old Gary Eldon Cloer, all of the same Delwood Street, Lenoir, address, were all arrested Wednesday (May 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. All four suspects are charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lisa Deyton is also charged with misdemeanor simple possession of schedule III controlled substance. Richard Deyton, Lisa's husband, is additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fair is also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.
On Wednesday just before 10 a.m. the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, served a search warrant at an apartment on Delwood Drive in Lenoir. This search warrant was the culmination of a two-month long investigation.
During the search investigators found 18.1 grams of methamphetamine, 0.7 grams of marijuana, ten dosage units of clonazepam, five dosage units of alprazolam, ten dosage units of oxycodone, eight dosage units of buprenorphine, and one dosage unit of suboxone. According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $3,194.30.
Lisa and Richard Deyton both received $45,000 secured bonds. Fair received a $5,000 secured bond. Cloer received a written promise to appear in court due to health issues. All four suspects were scheduled to appear in court Thursday (May 16).
14-year-old Zachariah Shay Watts, who was reported as a runaway earlier this week by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, has been located and is reported to be safe. No additional details were released.
According to a news release issued earlier this week, Watts was last seen on May 3 walking away from a residence on Abee’s Grove Church Road in Valdese. The Sheriff's Office released an update Thursday afternoon (May 16).
51-year-old Dina Minton Fair of Walsh Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 15) by Lenoir Police Officers on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Fair was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 16).
29-year-old Jamie Dawn Hill and 36-year-old Joseph Watson Perrigan, both of the same address on Pilch Road in Troutman, have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with felony counts of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling or place to sell or use a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects also face two misdemeanor counts for child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by neglect. Hill was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. In addition, Perrigan was served with an outstanding arrest warrant and a fugitive warrant.
Also arrested was Christopher Dale Troutman, who had an outstanding warrant related to the sale of narcotics. Troutman was also found to be in possession of a schedule III controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to their arrests began on Thursday, May 2, when Officers with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team went to the Pilch Road residence with Investigators from the Iredell Co. Department of Social Services to look into a complaint filed by concerned citizens. Narcotics Officers were also called to the scene and a search warrant was issued. The search turned up a marijuana growing operation in the home. Additional drug paraphernalia and contraband were also found.
Two small children were present in the residence during the search. The Department of Social Services took both children into custody for their safety and well-being.
Hill, Perrigan, and Troutman were all taken into custody and charged. Hill's bond was set at $5,000, secured, while Perrigan was given a $106,000 secured bond. No bond information was listed for Troutman. Hill and Perrigan are currently incarcerated at the Iredell Co. Detention Center awaiting trial.
Because young children were present in the home, Narcotics Officers continued to work with Social Services. Investigators received conformation that the children, who are three months old and 1.5 years old, were exposed to several different illegal narcotics. On Tuesday, May 14, Detectives filed child abuse charges against Hill and Perrigan. Both suspects were given an additional $30,000 secured bond.
Hill will appear in court on the drug charges on May 21, while Perrigan has an appearance scheduled for July 1. Both suspects are due in court on the child abuse charges on June 3. Troutman has a court date on felony and misdemeanor drug charges coming up on May 22.
54-year-old Lisa Buckner Deyton of Delwood Drive in Lenoir and 62-year-old Richard William Deyton of Mount Gilead Church in Connelly Springs were arrested yesterday (May 16) by Lenoir Police Officers.
Richard Deyton was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and single misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lisa Deyton was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance.
Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set for each at $45,000, secured. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 16).
41-year-old Jason Shea Ali of 8th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday (May 15) for two felony probation violations. Ali is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a March 2019 felony conviction in Caldwell County for speeding to elude arrest and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He is also serving a 24-month suspended sentence following another felony conviction in March of this year in Burke County for possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a place for a controlled substance. Ali had been listed as an absconder from probation.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. Ali will appear in Superior Court on June 3 in Lenoir.
On Thursday May 2, 2019, Lesley Chevez contacted the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to report her daughter Lizzy Chevez missing. Lesley Chevez stated her daughter had left with her boyfriend Christian AKA “Tony” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at approximately 8:00 pm. When Lizzy did not return home, Lesley filed a runaway juvenile report.
Deputies filed the report and gathered information from the juvenile’s mother. She indicated Christian, the boyfriend, lives in the Charlotte area. Lizzy was last seen wearing a blue skirt, a pink shirt, Flip-Flops and a brown purse. She's 17-years-old, 5 foot 1 inch tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes.
If anyone has any information on the location of Lizzy Chevez they are asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100.
A Burke County man was killed in a Wednesday night (May 15) traffic crash. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Wednesday shortly before 9 p.m. Troopers responded to a fatal collision on U.S. 70 near Drexel.
A 2007 Chrysler Sebring was traveling east on U.S. 70 when it ran off the road to the right. The driver over-corrected, crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left, struck a culvert, and the vehicle overturned.
The driver, 41-year-old Tyronne Antoine Davis of Morganton, died at the scene. Mr. Davis was not restrained by a seat belt; alcohol impairment does not appear to be a factor.
26-year-old Marco Antonio Tzulbulux was arrested Wednesday (May 15) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with statutory rape of a person 15-years-old or younger. Tzulbulux was placed in jail in Morganton under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 24.
28-year-old Joseph Linn Reid and 23-year-old Andrea Ferrebee, both of Mocksville, were arrested Tuesday (May 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Reid is charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest, possession of methamphetamine, and maintain a vehicle for the use of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of resist, obstruct, and delay an officer, careless and reckless driving, left of center, and a registration plate violation. Ferrebee was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, and maintain a vehicle for the use of a controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of resist, obstruct, and delay an officer.
Early Tuesday morning, an Iredell County Sheriff's Deputy was conducting a security check at the Harmony Carwash on East Memorial Highway in Harmony, when she found a vehicle in one of the carwash stalls. The deputy saw a man passed out behind the wheel of the vehicle. While she was attempting to wake the driver up, he woke up and drove off quickly. The officer got the license plate number and learned that the registered owner of the vehicle was Joseph Linn Reid. He was wanted on an outstanding probation and parole Warrant.
The vehicle traveled west on Memorial Highway. The officer attempted to stop the truck, but the suspect would not stop. The pursuit continued on to Interstate 77 where the vehicle turned south. Stop sticks were deployed just north of Exit 55. The suspect vehicle ran over the sticks deflating three of four tires. The vehicle continued traveling south and came to a stop before exit 54.
The driver, Reid, and a passenger Andrea Ferrebee were removed from the vehicle, and taken into custody. A search of the suspect vehicle resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine, and items of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Bond for Reid was set at $20,000 secured, plus a no bond hold for the probation warrant, Ferrebee received a $10,000 secured bond. They both have District Court dates May 31.
36-year-old John David Mecimore, Jr. of Shadowbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested on charges filed by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.
On April 18, 2019, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a sexual assault involving a female victim who was almost five-years-old at the time of the crime. The Sheriff's Office says the crime occurred at an address in Statesville.
The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit for further investigation. During the course of the investigation the victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. The victim identified John David Mecimore Jr. as the suspect in the case.
Based on evidence gathered, and statements received during this investigation, Det. Sgt. Harwell obtained the felony warrants against Mecimore. He was arrested last Friday (May 10) in Caldwell County, where he currently resides. Bond for Mecimore was set at $75,000 secured. No upcoming court dates were listed for the suspect.
46-year-old Leslie Hern Smith was arrested Tuesday (May 14) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud or forgery, trafficking, opium or heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. Smith was arrested at an address on Vine Arden Road in Morganton shortly after noon Tuesday. He was placed in jail under $31,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for June 6.
35-year-old Joshua Walter Canady was arrested Tuesday (May 14) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with assault by strangulation and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Canady was placed in jail in Morganton under $13,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
18-year-old Christian Allen Michael Keller of McCombs Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (May 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with eight counts of failure to appear. Keller is charged with failing to appear in court to answer to charges including felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance along with a count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Keller was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 19.
Cocaine and marijuana were seized by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at a residence in eastern Catawba County. Friday (May 10) at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group was patrolling in the area of Edna Street in Catawba. Deputies saw a vehicle parked illegally in the roadway.
Officers investigated and obtained a search warrant for a residence on Edna Street. The search resulted in the discovery of 65.5 grams of cocaine, 32.1 grams of marijuana, and $2,356 in U.S. Currency. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon (May 15). The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.
25-year-old Jesse Aaron Barnes of Church Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. The state Barnes is wanted in is not specified. He was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (May 16).
31-year-old Tyrone Naim Powell of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about eleven o'clock yesterday morning (May 14) for a felony probation violation. The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office also charged the suspect with non-support of a child. Powell is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for his arrest was issued in July of last year.
Powell was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured, plus a $500 bond on the non-support charge. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 20 in Newton. Powell will also appear in court on May 23 on the non-support charge.
33-year-old Dominic Sharel Adams of G.W. Carson Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:10 last night (May 14) on one felony count of discharging a firearm into occupied property and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.
He was arrested in connection to an incident yesterday in which Officers responded to a "shots fired" call at an address on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. Adams was identified as the shooter and warrants for his arrest were issued. No injuries were reported.
Adams was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on South Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The North Carolina Department of Labor is warning employers and businesses about a solicitation involving the sale of North Carolina labor law posters.
Recently, a company called Personnel Concepts has been contacting employers in North Carolina to sell posters that publicize North Carolina’s labor laws and information for employees. The company is telling employers that they will be in violation of state law if they don’t purchase these posters.
While the Department of Labor does require employers to display labor law posters with information about occupational safety and health laws, state wage and hour laws, and workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance information in workplaces, these posters are free. You should not pay for them. You can order the posters from the Department of Labor’s website at no cost.
This company is employing a variation of a common imposter scam, threatening you with legal consequences if you don’t give them your money. If you have been or are contacted by this company, do not feel pressured to buy a labor law poster. Report them to NCDOJ’s Consumer Protection Division online at http://ncdoj.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
36-year-old Michelle Dawn Dellinger of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, simple possession of schedule III and IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dellinger was jailed this morning (May 15) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,300 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.