The prison term of a Lenoir man was extended by eight years when he was found guilty during a bench trial in Caldwell County Superior Court last week.
The Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, found 29-year-old Travis Xavier Thomas guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon last Wednesday (July 13), and Thomas admitted his status as a habitual felon, enhancing the active prison sentence imposed by the judge.
Judge Lewis sentenced Thomas to serve eight to ten years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. The defendant is already serving consecutive sentences totaling eight to twelve years for Caldwell County convictions in February and April of this year.
Thomas had prior felony convictions in June 2005, August 2007 and May 2008 – all in Caldwell County – that led to his habitual felon status. The defendant also faced a charge of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle but was found not guilty by Lewis during the bench trial.
The offense occurred in June 2011 and started as a verbal altercation between Thomas and Michael I. Perkins at a convenience store in Lenoir. At that time, Perkins and his father both noted that Thomas and another person with him had semiautomatic handguns. When Perkins and his son left the store in his car, Thomas and the other subject followed them to the Harpertown community.
As Perkins drove, shots were fired that struck Perkins’ car in at least two places. Investigators recovered shell casings from the roadway where the shots were fired. The victims could not say they saw who fired the gun, but both Thomas and the other subject had weapons at the store during the initial confrontation.
Sgt. Erle Davis investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Andrew Jennings was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
Two suspects are wanted in connection with vehicle break-ins earlier this month in Burke County.
On July 8, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division received several reports of Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicles across Burke County. Crime scenes were processed and evidence was collected, which ultimately led to the identification of 26-year-old Jesse Joe Potter and 35-year-old Rebecca Allendria McCloud as the suspects responsible for the B&E’s and theft of property.
Potter's last known address was 415 Bryant Road, Lot 11 in Drexel. McCloud's last known address was 7510 Quail Ridge Road in Hickory. No photo of McCloud was available.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Potter and McCloud, please contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 828-764-9505 or (828) 438-5500.
A single vehicle accident caused long delays on Interstate 40 early this afternoon (July 15). A Nissan truck rolled over while traveling on I-40 eastbound, just before exit 123. Emergency personnel responded shortly after noon.
One occupant was trapped in the truck. First responders used struts to stabilize the truck, which came to rest on its side. The victim was extracted from the wreck and transported via Med Center Air to an unspecified hospital. Long delays were reported as a result of the accident.
A Hickory Fire Department spokesperson said she believed the victim to be male. No further information regarding the victim’s identity or current condition was released.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating. The Hickory Fire Department and Catawba Co. E.M.S. were among other agencies responding to the scene.
A second accident occurred at about 12:20 this afternoon at Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. and 17th Street Drive S.E. Two vehicles were involved and two victims, described by the Fire Department as “patients”, were treated. It’s not known if they were taken to a hospital. As of this afternoon, no further information was available.
42-year-old Melissa Dawn Warren of Charlotte Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. yesterday (July 14) on one felony count of failure to appear and a misdemeanor parole violation. The failure to appear warrant was issued in Alexander County in connection to a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Warren was taken into custody without incident at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. Warren was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for August 8 in Taylorsville.
Warren also has court dates in Catawba County on August 19 and September 26 for larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny.
Kaley Callicut was arrested Friday (July 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Deputies. She's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and discharge a weapon on school property. The charges are in connection with an incident that occurred last September.
On Tuesday, September 22, deputies of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at Central Elementary School on Wilkesboro Road in the northern section of Iredell County. When deputies arrived they learned that the shooting occurred during a domestic violence incident involving Kaley Callicutt and her husband Michael Callicutt.
Following their investigation, detectives met with members of the District Attorney’s Office to determine what if any charges may be brought. The decision was made by the district attorney’s office to wait for the results of the forensic testing before any decisions were made. It took approximately nine months for the results of the testing to be released to authorities.
In addition, a law had come into effect shortly before the shooting occurred which stated that under certain circumstances the shooting could have been lawful. However, after all evidence was analyzed at a laboratory the district attorney decided this was not a justified use of force under the new law.
Bond for Callicut was set at $26,500 secured. No court date was listed.
22-year-old Bradley O’Neil Caldwell, Jr. of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 a.m. yesterday (July 14) on charges of felony assault inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a female. He was also charged with four felony probation violations.
He was arrested in connection to a domestic dispute on July 13 at the suspect’s residence. A 27-year-old female victim was allegedly assaulted as the result of an argument between her and Bradley Caldwell. E.M.S. was not called and the victim did not require treatment.
When Police arrived, Caldwell had left the premises. He was arrested without incident the following day at H.P.D. headquarters. Caldwell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, initially without bond. Bond has since been set at $81,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton. Caldwell will appear in Superior Court on the probation violations on Monday (July 18).
29-year-old Ryan Michael Few of 8th Street in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's ICE Unit Officers. He's charged with one count of felonious manufacturing marijuana.
According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Few is suspected of having an indoor marijuana grow operation. The operation had been constructed in a warehouse building in the Hudson community.
On December 1, 2015, Ice Unit Narcotic Agents developed information and secured a search warrant for the property in Hudson. During the search, 62 marijuana plants were seized growing in a room built inside the warehouse. The operation was complete with grow lights, fans, watering and ventilation systems, and other equipment to facilitate the growth of the plants.
The marijuana plants have a street value of $155,000 according to North Carolina Street Guidelines. The equipment seized from the operation has a value of approximately $20,000. Few was arrested without incident in Catawba County. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated. Few was given a custody release and has a first court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 18).
38-year-old Harry Jason Gardner of NW Woodsway Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Gardner was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
31-year-old Billy Dean Potter was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Potter was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, July 15).
30-year-old Megan Marie Melott was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest Melott was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 15.
29-year-old Jody Martin Sharpe of Sharpe Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Sharpe was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
36-year-old Brenten Emanuel Jones of Arlington Circle NW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle to keep controlled substance, and cruelty to animals. He's also charged with probation violation. Jones was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List, there are some new names listed among those being sought.
One of those names added to the list is 51-year-old Tracy B. Evans. He's wanted on a felony charge of discharge a weapon into an occupied dwelling. Evans' last known address was 111 Ashley Woods Drive in Mooresville.
Another new name on the list is 28-year-old Daryl S. Speaks. He's wanted for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Speaks' last known address was 2290 Fanning Road in Winston Salem.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek 44-year-old James Sprinkle. He's wanted for possession of a firearm by a felon, obtaining property by false pretense, and larceny. Sprinkle's last known address was 264 Autumn Leaf Road in Troutman.
You can see the entire list of Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects contact the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.
Man Sentenced To Close To Five Years In Prison For Charges Including Failure To Register Address ChangeWritten by Rob Eastwood
A Catawba County man will spend nearly five years in prison for failing to register a change of address by a sex offender and his admission as a habitual felon.
69-year-old Charles Patrick Hagan of Conover, was given an active prison sentence of 58 to 82 months in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, following his guilty plea on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in Catawba County Superior Court.
Hagan left his registered address at the Royal Inn Motel in Hickory in the fall of 2015 but did not notify the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office within three days of the change as required by law.
The defendant also admitted his status as a habitual felon, which enhanced the sentence he was given.
Hagan had prior felony convictions in Iredell County (April 2003) for indecent liberties with a child; Forsyth County (October 2006) for failure to register; and Catawba County (October 2013) for failure to register.
Tommy Scarborough investigated the case for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Van Buren and Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
An accident involving a tractor-trailer that reportedly lost it's brakes occurred this morning in northern Caldwell County. The accident happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. today on U.S. 321, approximately ten miles north of Lenoir and one-half mile north of Richland Road.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the wreck. They report the driver of the tractor-trailer, Allen White of Columbia, South Carolina, was traveling south on U.S. 321 when the vehicle it lost it's brakes. The truck had Hardie-Board siding on it's flat bed that was not secured. Debris was thrown from the tractor-trailer, striking two vehicles. The tractor-trailer eventually came to a stop after striking a guardrail.
The driver of one of the cars struck was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the other car was not injured. One of the vehicles struck was totaled, the other vehicle sustained $2,000 in damage. White was charged with failure to secure load and driving left of center.
50-year-old Sherry Kay Moore of Harper Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with breaking and entering and domestic violence protection order violation. Moore was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 14).
62-year-old Calvin Lewis Williamson of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. The failure to appear charges are the result of outstanding warrants from Davie County for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and from Iredell County for driving while license revoked.
He was arrested after Police responded to a reported stabbing at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. There, they found a 54-year-old male victim suffering from a wound to the upper chest area and a scratch across his back. The victim was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment.
The suspect, Calvin Williamson, was still on the scene. The victim was reportedly injured after a verbal altercation between the two men escalated.
Williamson has two prior convictions for misdemeanor assault, dating back to 2004, resulting in the felony habitual assault charge filed against him Tuesday.
Williamson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. Court dates were set for August 3 in Newton, August 5 in Iredell County and August 18 in Davie County.
58-year-old Malverne Phineas Myers of NW Finley Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, probation violation, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Myers was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 14).
23-year-old Garrett Scott Dellinger of Deerbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Dellinger was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 14).
21-year-old Sarah Margaret Annas of C&B Farm Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (Thursday, July 14) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She is accused of possessing 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.
Annas was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following her arrest, Annas was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.