21-year-old Dulce Marie-Ruby Martinez of Brevard Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property, and simple assault.
According to a news release issued today (January 9), on Friday, December 28, 2018 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a person driving on Redeemed Road near Harmony. The caller said they saw an unclothed female hiding near the roadway. The reporting person stopped and asked the female if she needed help and she said that she did. The female was later identified as Dulce Marie-Ruby Martinez.
While the reporting person was attempting to provide assistance, Martinez jumped into his truck and grabbed a handgun which was lying on the center console. After a brief struggle, the reporting person was able to disarm Martinez, and regain possession of the handgun. While attempting to secure the weapon, Martinez fired the handgun one time causing damage to the vehicle.
Law enforcement and EMS arrived on the scene. Martinez gave investigators conflicting information about the incident. She was transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Based on interviews and evidence gathered from the scene, investigators were able to obtain warrants against Martinez for the misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, and simple assault.
After additional investigation, Martinez was charged with the felony vehicle break-in and firearm theft counts, along with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Her total bond was set at $10,000, a District Court date is set for January 22.
32-year-old Nichole Marie Bentley of Hogan Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bentley was given a custody release. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (January 10).
33-year-old Laura Rayeanne Mauney of Ardmore Lane in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (January 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Mauney was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 9).
37-year-old David Michael Henry of East J Street in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (January 8) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and driving while impaired. Henry was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. District Court dates were set for today (January 9) and next Monday (January 14).
A woman tied to the shooting of a Caldwell County deputy in July 2018 will spend 32 to 51 months in prison following her conviction for accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (January 7).
41-year-old Stephanie Lee Sipes of Lenoir entered a guilty plea and admitted to aggravating factors in the shooting of Deputy Jordan Sherrill during a traffic stop.
The Honorable Louis A. Trosch Jr., of Mecklenburg County, imposed the active prison term for Sipes, who will serve the sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Deputy Sherrill was present in the courtroom when Sipes entered the guilty plea, and Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones spoke on behalf of the deputy and the department.
The shooting occurred on July 15, 2018, when Deputy Sherrill initiated a traffic stop for an expired tag along Cheraw Road. When Sherrill approached the car, the driver of the vehicle, Kerry Townsend, fired a single shot that struck the deputy in the abdomen. Sherrill made his way back to his vehicle where he called for assistance.
The suspects left the scene in the car, and a private citizen assisted Sherill with his injuries until medical personnel arrived. The deputy later was flown from Caldwell Memorial Hospital to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of his injuries.
Following an extensive search and numerous interviews, investigators learned that a breaking and entering had taken place on Zacks Fork Road. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team went to the residence on July 17, 2018, and made entry into the home. Team members found Sipes hiding under a blanket in the living room and Townsend was in a back bedroom. Townsend fired a shot at team members, who returned gunfire that resulted in Townsend’s death.
Sipes gave investigators an account of what happened that led up to the shooting of Deputy Sherrill and then how she and Townsend moved around until being located the day Townsend died.
A third suspect, James Edgar Roberts, also has been charged with accessory after the fact. His case is still pending. He is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Doug Dupell handled the investigation for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and other local law enforcement agencies also assisted with the search for the suspects. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the State.
24-year-old Anthony Lechez Drayton, 34-year-old Shawnteza Lashay Sherman, and 34-year-old Delana Cineta Young, all of Greenville, S.C., were arrested Monday (January 7) by Conover Police, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, and Newton Police. Drayton and Sherman are each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Young is charged with aid and abet armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, and injury to personal property.
Monday shortly after 10:00 p.m., Newton Police received information regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Skill Games on Conover Boulevard West. The suspect vehicle was a black Camaro last seen traveling east on Conover Boulevard toward Northwest Boulevard (U.S. 321 Business). The suspects were described as two black males and a black female and were considered armed.
A short time later, a Newton patrol officer spotted a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description traveling south on Southwest Boulevard (U.S. 321 Business) before turning right on N.C. Highway 10 west. The officer followed the vehicle for a short distance and confirmed it was occupied by multiple subjects. He initiated a vehicle stop with the assistance of additional officers.
The vehicle stop occurred at the Valero gas station on West N.C. Highway 10. Two women exited the vehicle at the gas pumps where the vehicle had stopped. They were ordered to place their hands on top of the car by the officer. Additional Newton officers and deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist in securing the suspects. Officers noticed two men in the vehicle. When the door was opened, a rifle was discovered between the door and the front passenger seat. The weapon was secured and the suspects were removed from the vehicle. One suspect tried to run but was quickly caught.
After the suspects were secured, a large amount of cash and three additional guns were found inside the vehicle. A Jennings semi-automatic pistol was found in the front passenger seat. A Taurus semi-automatic and Springfield Arms semi-automatic were found in the glove compartment. The rifle that was removed was a pellet rifle that was stolen during the robbery from the Skill Games. Investigators from the Conover Police Department arrived to process the vehicle and interview the suspects.
All three suspects were confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 secured bond. They were all scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 8).
36-year-old Juan Ramon Diaz of Kool Park Road NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 7) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state.
According to records on file in Catawba County, Diaz is wanted in Bexar County, Texas on a charge of murder. He was arrested shortly before noon Monday at his residence.
Following the arrest, Diaz was locked up at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 8). A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
32-year-old Mark Allen Wise of Stanley Lucia Road in Mount Holly was arrested today (January 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Wise was arrested without incident shortly before 2 a.m. today at the intersection of 15th Avenue SE and McDonald Parkway SE. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (January 9) in Newton.
22-year-old Chelsea Danielle Smith of Hickory and 30-year-old Caleb Gene Rogers of Hudson were arrested Monday (January 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. Smith is charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and Rogers is charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center and they each received a $25,000 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (January 9).
33-year-old Stephen Wayne Peyatt of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested today (January 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation. Peyatt was arrested without incident shortly after 4 a.m. today at an address on 4th Avenue NE in Hickory. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for January 14.
25-year-old James William Canipe, III of Cranberry Trail in Vale has been arrested on outstanding warrants following a vehicle chase that went from western Lincoln County into Cleveland County. Canipe was charged with one felony count each of fleeing to elude arrest and second-degree kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count each of false imprisonment, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and failure to stop for a siren. He was also charged with driving while license revoked, hit & run with property damage, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, felony possession of a firearm, common law false imprisonment, careless & reckless driving and fictitious name or address on license. In addition, Canipe was charged with four probation violations.
At 2:00 a.m. yesterday (January 7), Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies saw a vehicle run through a stop sign and take off at a high rate of speed. Deputies recognized the vehicle and gave pursuit. Emergency equipment was activated and Officers followed the vehicle at speeds in excess of 80 miles an hour.
The chase continued into the town of Casar in Cleveland County. The suspect turned onto several streets and onto a dead-end road where the car crashed into a parked vehicle. The suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. Deputies detained a female passenger, who confirmed that the driver was James William Canipe, III. Canipe was wanted in Lincoln County on drug charges. The female passenger told Officers she pleaded with Canipe to let her out of the vehicle, but he told her "no" and continued to hold her against her will.
Authorities in Cleveland County were notified. They responded with a K-9 unit and set up a perimeter. The K-9 unit quickly located Canipe, who was then taken into custody. No one was injured.
Canipe was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln Co. District Court today.
43-year-old Dario Dewitt Weaver of Harrison Street in Statesville was arrested today (January 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana, along with a count of felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell controlled substances.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigations Unit, and the Sheriff’s Office Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) conducted an early morning a search warrant at a residence on Harrison Street in Statesville. Narcotics Investigators conducted surveillance on this location. They reportedly observed criminal activity at the home. Authorities say purchases of cocaine were made by undercover investigators.
Two people were in the home at the time officers entered. A news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office says police found a substantial amount of cocaine, along with items consistent with packaging, and selling cocaine and marijuana.
Bond for Weaver was set at $50,000 secured. No court date was listed.
26-year-old Christopher Dale Hoyle of Lake Street in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (January 7) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor concealment of merchandise.
On Monday Hickory Police responded to Best Buy on Catawba Valley Boulevard SE in reference to a person being detained by Loss Prevention. The suspect allegedly concealed items from the business. During the arrest, officers reportedly found 4.7 grams of methamphetamine along with the store merchandise.
Hoyle was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 8). A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today (January 8) that Design Foundry LLC plans to manufacture upholstered furniture in partnership with a major furniture and home goods retailer. The Company plans to locate in the former Baker Furniture Building in Hickory. They plan to invest $3.133 million in building renovations and machinery and equipment and create 202 new jobs with an overall average wage of $57,995 over a five-year period.
The company will emphasize the strong tradition of handmade furniture combined with technology in manufacturing to create new methods of manufacturing through supplier partnerships and internal research and development. Approximately 40% of the positions will not be furniture-experience related, instead, requiring general business skills and technology-based skills. To meet their workforce needs, Design Foundry plans to invest in training and skill development that will benefit the entire furniture industry.
Prospective associates can access information on hiring events on Facebook at Design Foundry-Hickory. For more information about the company including job opportunities, visit www.DesignFoundryHome.com.
Any local incentives will be considered for the project in public hearings by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and Hickory City Council.
29-year-old Dustin Charles Chester of Forgotten Way in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Chester was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center, his bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (January 9).
41-year-old Andririan Demonz Woods of 3rd Street SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (January 5) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine and habitual felon. In addition, Woods is charged with breaking and entering, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and two counts of communicating threats.
The charges are in connection to events the past two years. On January 19, 2017, Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop in the 700 Block of 2nd Avenue SE. During the stop 1.7 grams of crack cocaine, .7 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were found. On January 13, 2018, Hickory Police responded to Frye Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault that occurred at a residence on 3rd Avenue SE. Multiple suspects, including Woods, were alleged to have forcibly entered the home.
Woods was arrested just after 7 p.m. Saturday at a residence on 3rd Avenue SE in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a total bond of $65,000. Woods was scheduled to appear in District and Superior Court Monday (January 7).
59-year-old Bryan Keith Williams was arrested Monday (January 7) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury with a deadly weapon. Williams was arrested at 1:20 p.m. Monday and was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 18.
27-year-old Brian Blake Blackburn, who is listed as a homeless person from Claremont, was arrested Friday (January 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and non support of a child. Blackburn was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,500 bond. Court dates were scheduled Monday (January 7) and Thursday (January 10).
55-year-old Fred Thomas Wright of Tammy Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.
According to a news release issued Monday by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday, December 30, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Tammy Drive in Mooresville in reference to a civil disturbance concerning two dogs being shot. Upon arrival officers spoke to a woman who told the deputies her dog had been shot and was severely injured.
After further investigation and an interview with the suspect, Fred Thomas Wright, officers determined that Wright had shot the two dogs. The suspect told police the dogs killed one of his roosters. Deputies went to the residence and found a deceased dog, which had been shot, on Wright’s property but did not locate a rooster or any signs of a rooster being killed.
Wright was released on a written promise. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 16.
16-year-old Siah Jamar Shaquiez Cornwell of 8th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 7) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Cornwell is also charged with no operators license and failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light. Cornwell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday.