27-year-old Brittany Geraldine Lindsay of 31st Street Court SE in Conover was arrested Monday (August 14) on charges filed by the Hudson Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Lindsay was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
24-year-old Jessica Diane Hamel of Pineview Court in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 14) by authorities in Caldwell County on charges filed in Catawba County. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamel was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 15) in Newton.
44-year-old Kevin Odell Ware of South Mclin Creek Road in Conover was arrested Monday (August 14) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee. Following the arrest, Ware was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 15).
41-year-old Christopher Lee Walker of 19th Avenue SW in Brookford was arrested Monday (August 14) by Brookford Police Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, felony larceny, breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny. Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 17).
One of a pair of suspects still on the run after two drug conspiracy roundups has been apprehended.
40-year-old Evan Saunders Lipford of Rocky Ford Street in Morganton was captured last week in Phoenix, Arizona. He was wanted on three charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and one charge of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
According to a news release from the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into the drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and Dwayne Bullock, of Newton, conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin. 19 people have been arrested overall in connection with the conspiracy. Some are considered main players and some mid-level drug dealers. Lipford is a mid-level dealer.
Only one suspect remains at large, 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of 100 17th Street West in Newton. He's wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise.
Anyone with information concerning Bullock’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Larry “William” Powell. William is not believed to be in any danger as this time but the Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in locating him. If you have any information regarding his location please contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.
Anonymous tips can be made through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333 or by texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS followed by your tip. If you want to provide a tip on Facebook, send the Sheriff's Office a private message through their page.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have developed a person of interest in the snatch and grab strong armed robbery yesterday (August 14) at Jerry’s One Stop at 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station. Detectives say the person of interest is 46-year-old Tyrone Matthew Rozzell of Hickory. Rozell is a black male, five feet – six inches tall with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen driving a silver in color 2014 Hyundai Elantra with a North Carolina license plate FAB-1872.
Monday morning, two black males entered the store at approximately 8:00 a.m. and one man pretended to be making a small purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register the man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner who approached the male and grabbed him from behind and took him to the ground. The man got away from the owner and he and the other suspect ran from the store on foot going east on Highway 27. A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the men who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.
No one was seriously injured and the investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tyrone Matthew Rozzell is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
62-year-old Ronald Carl Lane of Hickory, was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the May 2016 death of his wife. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison sentence for Lane during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Lane will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant approached an officer in the Long View Police Department parking lot on May 11, 2016, and told him that he had just killed his wife, and he was taken into custody. Based upon the defendant’s statements, investigators went to his Hickory residence, made entry into the home and found his wife, 60-year-old Audrey Price Lane, deceased from gunshot wounds.
Investigation showed that Lane shot his wife of 42 years with a .22-caliber revolver. An autopsy performed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem confirmed the cause of death as gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
Further investigation by Long View Police Department showed no prior domestic violence between the defendant and his wife, and he had no past history of violent behavior. Lane appeared to have some mental issues when interviewed by North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents several hours after the shooting.
Mike Ford led the investigation of the case for Long View Police Department with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the State.
29-year-old Ashley Nicole Horton of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
On August 9, a male victim told Hickory Police that Ashley Horton moved money from his account to hers, without permission. The victim is acquainted with the suspect.
Horton was taken into custody without incident at about 4:15 a.m. Friday at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.
32-year-old Samuel Wade Lawrence of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a reported vehicle break-in at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Samuel Lawrence, who was identified as a suspect. While speaking with Officers, Lawrence fled on foot. He was found and taken into custody at 12:50 a.m. Friday.
Lawrence was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 14) in Newton.
22-year-old Steven Jason Greene and 21-year-old Jeremiah Aaron Moore, both of 3rd Avenue Place S.E., and 24-year-old Damani Yero Spearman of 3rd Avenue S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eleven o’clock Friday morning (August 11). They were each charged with two felony counts of larceny.
The three were arrested in connection to an incident on August 2 when Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny at the Moretz Mills building on 8th Street S.E. Stage monitors, valued at $800 each, were stolen.
The suspects were identified and taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. They were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.
28-year-old Sean Michael Frazier of NE Severt Circle in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Frazier was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
32-year-old Jeffery Daniel Rudisill was arrested Friday (August 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury by strangulation. Rudisill was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 28.
31-year-old Joshua Leroy Felder of NW Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Felder was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a snatch & grab strong-armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop, 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Detectives say two black males entered the store at about eight o’clock this morning (August 14). One man pretended to make a small purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register, one man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner, who grabbed the suspect from behind and took him to the ground.
The suspect got away from the owner and he and the other man ran from the store on foot, going east on Highway 27. A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects, who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.
No one was seriously injured in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
A Hudson man will spend at least seven years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple property crimes by a Caldwell County jury on Friday (August 11).
46-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart Jr. was sentenced to serve an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, at the conclusion of a two-day trial.
Rinehart’s sentence was enhanced by his status as a habitual felon, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, sell or delivery of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for use or storage of a controlled substance. Those offenses occurred in Caldwell County between 1989 and 2008.
Between July 4-10, 2015, Rinehart and a co-defendant, Jason Richard Setser, broke into a rental home on Mount Hermon Road owned by a Burke County couple. The men took items from the home, including antique furniture, electronics, light fixtures and plumbing pipes. They caused extensive damage to the home.
Detectives with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation that led them throughout Caldwell County and resulted in several of the stolen items being found in the Lick Mountain area. Witnesses described items being discarded by the two men and took detectives to a wooded area where the items were stashed. A gas fireplace unit, audio speakers and antique sewing machine were returned to the property owners.
Setser already has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the crimes and currently is in custody.
Det. Ed. Morgan was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the case for the State of North Carolina.
The City of Conover IT Department, in coordination with the Conover Police Department, announces the establishment of a “Safer Trade Zone” in an effort to help keep people safe when making purchase and sale exchanges via internet sites like Craigslist and Facebook Market Place, as well as safe child custody exchanges. This zone is open to the public 24 hours a day for any legal transaction, however making exchanges during daylight hours is always safer. Meeting someone you don’t know in a safe location reduces the chances of victimization and eliminates the need to give a stranger your home address.
Two parking spaces at the City Hall parking lot (under the water tower) have been designated as the ‘Safer Trade Zone” and are clearly marked with blue “Safer Trade Zone” signs. These spots are under 24-hour video surveillance and the close proximity of the Conover Police Department will provide an additional level of security.
37-year-old Michael Adrian Dula of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Friday (August 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
35-year-old Crystal Nina Allen of Hollow Oak Drive in Claremont was arrested Friday (August 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of aid and abet larceny. Allen was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $34,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
31-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (August 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. In addition, Calloway is charged on bills of indictment with three felony counts apiece of identity theft, financial card theft, and financial card fraud. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14), a Superior Court date is set for September 11.