38-year-old Christopher Burton Drake of Baldwin Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Monday (June 20) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after patrol Officers responded to a business on the 1600 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton to perform a welfare check on a man who was asleep in his vehicle. The man did not initially respond to Officers, who then contacted Lincoln County E.M.S.
Officers were eventually successful in making contact with the man, who was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The man was identified as Christopher Burton Drake. Officers found meth and various prescription controlled substances in his possession. Those items were seized as evidence.
Drake was taken to the emergency room at Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln, where he was treated and released. He was then placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled for today (June 22).
Drake has prior convictions on a variety of felony drug charges, plus convictions for breaking & entering, larceny, assault with a deadly weapon and more. Additionally, the suspect is currently awaiting trial on a charge of making threatening phone calls in Burke County.
24-year-old Nikki Dee Worley of East N.C. Highway 10 in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:10 last night (June 21) on one count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and injury to personal property. She was also charged on an outstanding warrant from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on a careless & reckless driving charge.
Worley was arrested after Officers responded to the Save More store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory where they found a Ford Taurus in the middle of the parking lot. Nikki Dee Worley was slumped over the steering wheel.
A Save More employee told Police Worley had entered the store and opened and partially consumed various products, including gummy worms, pork rinds and Butterfingers candy bars, as well as two Slushee drinks and two Red Bull energy drinks. She left the products on shelves and countertops before exiting the store. The store was forced to temporarily close as employees cleaned up the mess and put the shelves back in order.
In the parking lot, Officers shook Worley and woke her. In her lap, they saw a baggie containing 0.8 grams of marijuana and three Xanax pills. Police removed the suspect from the vehicle. A search turned up an additional 1.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Worley’s purse.
She was taken into custody without further incident, though she refused to provide information regarding next-of-kin and a current address. Worley was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for July 12 & 13 in Newton.
56-year-old Russell Franklin Trewyn of Siler City, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday (June 21) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 20 in which Police responded to the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. where a Domino’s delivery vehicle had just been stolen. The delivery driver had left the vehicle to make a delivery at a hotel room, leaving the keys in the vehicle. The suspect got in the vehicle and drove away.
Yesterday, Mooresville Police found the stolen vehicle’s license tag, but not the vehicle itself. An investigation led to the identification of Russell Trewyn as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident at the same hotel where the theft occurred. It’s not clear if the vehicle was recovered or not.
Trewyn was processed and then released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for June 27 in Newton.
32-year-old Christopher Stephen Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 p.m. yesterday (June 21) on one felony count of breaking & entering.
Events leading to his arrest unfolded on June 19 as Police responded to a business on 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory. A front glass door was smashed and a cash box was found, open and empty, on a countertop. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the box. No one was at the business at the time of the break-in. The property was last known to be secure at about 7 p.m. the previous day.
In the course of the investigation, the business owner recognized the suspect, Christopher Williams, as someone who had been hired to do maintenance work at the property in the past. He was also suspected in previous break-ins.
Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
60-year-old Kelvin Wayne England of Newton was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. England was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, June 22).
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a pair of contracts worth $7.2 million to replace 11 bridges in Caldwell and Wilkes counties. The projects are part of the state bridge program that targets structures in need of rehabilitation or replacement.
The 2015 budget signed by Governor McCrory included funding to replace 540 bridges across the state. Infrastructure improvements such as bridge replacements are part of Governor McCrory’s 25-year transportation vision to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.
A $4.4 million contract with Mountain Creek Contractors in Catawba calls for the replacement of six bridges in Wilkes County and one in Caldwell County.
The bridge to be replaced in Caldwell County is on Old Johns River Road and crosses Elijah Estes Mill Creek. Three bridges in Wilkes County are on Longbottom Road and cross Dungeon Creek each time. Two bridges cross Little Creek on Casey’s Branch Road, and one crosses West Palm Roaring River on Shumate Mountain Road.
The other contract was awarded R.E. Burns & Sons Company of Statesville at a cost of $2.8 million. It will replace one bridge in Caldwell County and three in Wilkes County.
The bridge in Caldwell County runs on Georgetown Road over Zacks Fork Creek. One bridge in Wilkes County crosses Tucker Hole Creek on Congo Road, while the two others cross Moravian Creek on Lowe Creek Road, and cross Cub Creek on Meadows Road.
Both contracts allow work to start as early as June 27 and could take until November of 2018 to wrap up. The contractors will have to schedule around the state trout moratorium, which doesn’t allow work to be done within 25 feet of a watershed holding naturally reproducing trout between April 15 and October 15. You can get more information on these projects at www.ncdot.gov.
50-year-old Janell Maxine Cline of Old Park Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with felony breaking and entering. Cline was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (June 27).
23-year-old Devon Montre Connor of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen automobile. Connor was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 27).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List. There are multiple suspects on the list who have been wanted for close to two years.
39-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.
43-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Jones' last known address was 2464 U.S. 70 in Morganton. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 4, 2014.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500, or you can e-mail email@example.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.
36-year-old Sean Alan Mozer of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1 a.m. today (June 21) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle, plus one misdemeanor count of larceny.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol at the Walgreens store on North Center Street ran the license tag number on a ’94 Chevrolet Prizm and found that it had been reported stolen in Iredell County. When the Chevy’s occupants returned to the vehicle, Officers identified the driver as Sean Mozer. He was accompanied by a female passenger, who was not charged.
Warrants for Mozer’s arrest had been issued in Iredell County for the larceny of vehicle and misdemeanor larceny charges.
Mozer was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a memorial service open to the public tomorrow (June 22) to honor and remember the 49 people who lost their lives in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12. The service will be held in the Grace Chapel beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Pastor Kim Moss.
The service will also remember the nine people who lost their lives last year on June 17 at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Two of the victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinkney (also a State Senator) and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., were graduates of Lenoir-Rhyne's School of Theology, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.
Participating with Pastor Moss at Wednesday’s service will be the Rev. Andrew Weisner, campus pastor at Lenoir-Rhyne, Emma Sellers, Lenoir-Rhyne's director of multicultural affairs, and other area clergy and community leaders.
39-year-old Jonathan Shawn Nixon of Phelps Road in Vale was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County last Friday (June 17) to serve a “Quick Dip” sentence. A “Quick Dip” is an arrangement in which a subject can serve his or her sentence in short increments during the period of probation. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state, and he was charged on an outstanding child support warrant.
Nixon was wanted in Elkhart County, Indiana for a probation violation in connection to a burglary charge. The warrant for his arrest was issued in October of 2015.
Nixon was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on the fugitive warrant today (June 21) with another court date on the child support charge coming up on June 30.
38-year-old Jason McKinley Powell and 31-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell, both of Lancaster Drive in Claremont, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (June 20). They were each charged with felony counts of larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense. Jason Powell was also charged with felony breaking & entering.
They were arrested in connection to an incident in February in which the suspects allegedly attempted to take a T.V. from the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. without paying. Loss Prevention Officers reported three previous occasions where the couple had removed merchandise from the shelves without paying and attempted to return the items for a refund. Those occurred in December 2015 and twice in January of this year.
Both had previously been banned from the store: Jason Powell in March 2014 and Vanessa Powell in April 2014.
Following the incident in February, a prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in the issuance of warrants on June 16 and the couple’s arrest yesterday. The two were taken into custody without incident at their residence.
Both were processed at H.P.D. Jason Powell was then released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond, while Vanessa Powell was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
31-year-old Tori Lamonte Grissom of Sunburst Lane in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (June 20) on two counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property.
He was charged in connection to an incident at 1:41 a.m. on June 18 at the National Guard Armory in the area of 8th Street Drive N.E. and 13th Avenue N.E. Police responding to a shots fired call arrived to find three subjects, all Guardsmen, in the parking lot. At the time, there was no sign of a disturbance and no evidence was found.
Later that afternoon, one of the three subjects came into H.P.D. headquarters to file a report, alleging that one of the men, Tori Grissom, had fired into a vehicle behind the Armory. A warrant was issued for discharging a firearm within the city limits. Grissom was arrested on that charge shortly after 10 p.m. on the 18th.
Later, Officers learned that three people were in the vehicle at the time Grissom fired at it. Felony warrants were issued for discharging a firearm into occupied property.
Grissom turned himself in yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
Two people were killed in a single-vehicle accident last night (Monday, June 20) after the driver crashed his vehicle into a tree on Hartland Road in Gamewell.
25-year old Zack Vest died instantly as a result of the crash. His son, five-year old Zane Vest, was also in the vehicle. He passed away today after being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte last night.
Zack Vest was driving a white Toyota pick-up truck. Vest was a graduate of West Caldwell High School, class of 2009.
No further details are currently available.
30-year-old Joshua Leroy Felder of Staircase Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Following the arrest, Felder was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, June 21).
22-year-old Christopher Jay Lynch of North Main Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of selling heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Lynch was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, June 21) under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 27).
21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Ervin of Wrighton Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (June 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count of identity fraud and three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Ervin was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.
31-year-old Joshua Garris Hamby of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (June 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hamby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. No court date was listed.
69-year-old Charles Patrick Hagan, who is listed as a homeless man from Durham, was arrested Monday (June 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with being an habitual felon and failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Hagan was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 27).