55-year-old Penny Elizabeth Thompson of Friendly Park Road in Lenoir, 48-year-old Roger Dale Moore, Jr. of Benfield Drive in Hudson and 63-year-old Larry Len Hicks of Hickory Street in Hudson were all arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock Friday morning (August 26). All three were charged with felony breaking & entering. Thompson was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, and she was served a felony warrant out of Watauga County for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.
They were arrested when Police responded to Millenia USA, an abandoned business at 3211 Falling Creek Road N.E. Officers found the three suspects inside, in a central part of the building. The suspects had some unspecified items piled together inside.
Police contacted the building’s owner and were told no one was authorized to be inside. All three were taken into custody. Thompson initially gave Officers a false name, resulting the in the resisting charge against her.
The suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Thompson set at $15,000, secured. Moore and Hicks were each given a $2,500 secured bond. They have all been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (August 29) in Newton. Thompson will also appear in a Watauga County courtroom on September 9.
30-year-old Christopher Allen Rumble of Scotts Creek Road in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon (August 27) on felony warrants out of Iredell County for breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
He was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for this Wednesday (August 31) in Statesville.
54-year-old David Nixon Jr. of South Mountain Street in Cherryville and 33-year-old Issac Julius Gillespie AKA "Spiderman" of East Pine Street in Lincolnton were arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. Nixon was charged with two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first degree burglary, one count of second degree kidnapping, and one count of assault by pointing a gun. Gillespie was charged with two counts of first degree burglary and one count of strong arm robbery. Nixon was arrested last Thursday (August 25) and Gillespie was arrested last Friday (August 26).
The Lincolnton Police Department Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Division have been actively investigating three separate home invasion robberies in the area of northern Lincolnton. These home invasions have targeted Hispanic male victims. The investigation has been going on since the middle of August. The suspects in the cases have been black males and white females. The first suspect was identified as David Nixon, Jr., the second suspect was identified as Issac Julius Gillespie.
Nixon was detained in the Lincoln County Jail under $150,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Friday. Gillespie was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, August 29). The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
50-year-old Rodney Winfred Crisp was arrested Friday (August 26) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony fail to register as a sex offender. Following the arrest, Crisp was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (August 30).
26-year-old Christian Guy Baur of Green Birch Drive in Pineville and 27-year-old Charlotte Ruth Overman of Summerlin Place in Charlotte were both arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 Sunday afternoon (August 28) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Baur was also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
They were arrested after a victim reported that a red Honda Accord had been stolen from the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. About 20 minutes later, a State Highway Patrol Trooper spotted and stopped the stolen vehicle on White House Drive in Lincolnton. The vehicle was occupied by Baur and Overman.
Hickory Police took the suspects into custody and placed them in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Baur was set at $10,000, secured, while Overman was given a $2,500 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (August 29) in Newton.
31-year-old Ricky Lee Watson of Justin Carlton Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (August 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Watson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 29).
22-year-old Mark Kamayu James Middleton of East “D” Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 28) on outstanding warrants for three felony counts of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. He was also issued a citation for resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police saw a suspicious vehicle, a 2002 Mazda Protégé, occupied by two females and one male at West Hickory Park on 16th Street S.W. in Hickory. The male passenger, Mark Middleton, initially gave Police a false name, resulting in the citation for resisting. The failure to appear warrants were for felony habitual breaking & entering, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and driving while license revoked.
Middleton was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $34,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court in Morganton on September 19 on the failure to appear warrants for resisting and driving while license revoked, with Superior and District Court dates set for October 3.
35-year-old Kaw Yang of Yang Drive in Statesville was arrested August 9 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony repeat violation of a domestic violence protective order.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, August 29), on August 2, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 113 Cheng Drive in reference to a subject at the home causing problems. Once deputies arrived they discovered that Kaw Yang had attempted to strangle his father and pushed his mother to the ground when she tried to help. At the time of this occurrence, Yang had an active Domestic Violence Protective Order against him prohibiting from being at this residence and from having contact with his father.
A warrant was obtained on Yang for violating the DVPO and two charges for the assault on his parents and Yang was picked up by authorities. The investigation was then forwarded to Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit. Det. Harwell discovered through Yang’s criminal history that he has had five prior convictions for violating a domestic violence protection order. A warrant was obtained for Yang for Repeat Violation of a DVPO.
Yang was being held in the Iredell County Jail on the assault charges when the domestic violence count was filed. His bond was increased from $21,000 to $35,000. He has District Court appearances scheduled for September 12 and 14.
31-year-old Anwar Vanchass Powell of 18th Street Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 Thursday night (August 25) for violating a court order, which is a felony. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and failure to appear on a misdemeanor.
He was arrested after Officers saw a 2015 Hyundai Elantra making an illegal turn from 8th Avenue Drive S.W. onto Highway 127 South. Police stopped the vehicle just south of 3rd Avenue S.E. on Highway 127 South.
Powell was a passenger in the vehicle. He allegedly attempted to swallow a small amount of marijuana, which Police were able to recover. The marijuana weighed 0.9 grams. The female driver was also found to be in possession of a crushed pill and drug paraphernalia, for which she was issued a citation, along with a traffic citation for the illegal left turn.
The failure to appear warrant for Powell’s arrest was issued by Probation & Parole Officers on July 6 of this year. Following his arrest, Powell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Friday (August 26) in Newton. Additional court dates were set for September 14, 15 & 22.
27-year-old Timothy Wayne Easterling of Taylorsville Highway in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failing to notify change of address, probation violation and parole violation.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, August 29) on August 19, Deputy Craig Bess received information that a registered sex offender, Timothy Wayne Easterling, was no longer living at his registered address.
Registered sex offenders are required to report any change of address to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office within three days of moving. During his investigation, Deputy Bess determined that Easterling was only visiting his registered address a few days a month and was living at other locations for the majority of the time. Bess obtained a warrant for Easterling for failing to notify his change of address as required.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement team found Easterling at a residence on Melviney Street in Statesville. Easterling was arrested without incident and was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond on the failing to notify change of address charge, $10,000 secured bond for the probation violation, no bond for the parole violation.
Easterling is on the Iredell County Sex Offender Registry for a 2013 conviction in Iredell County of Kidnapping and Indecent Liberties with a Minor. He's scheduled to appear in District Court September 12 and Superior Court September 13.
A Catawba County man was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after falling more than 25 feet down an old well Sunday night. According to published reports, the incident occurred at a residence on 28th Street NE off Springs Road.
Firefighters worked for more than an hour to pull the man from the well, which was located behind his home. According to published reports, the man had been working on filling the well earlier in the day and accidentally stumbled into it Sunday night.
Reports say people from the neighborhood came to the home to help the man. Several fire departments responded, they have not identified the injured man but he was reportedly talking to rescue workers during the operation.
20-year-old Cody Dayton Maynor of 27th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and one felony count of breaking and entering. Maynor was jailed under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 29).
22-year-old Charles Zachery Coffey of White Pine Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (August 26) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen firearm. In addition, Coffey is charged with failing to appear in court to answer to traffic violations. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance on the felony charges was scheduled for today (Monday, August 29).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on suspects on the agency's Most Wanted List. There are two new names on the list, they were both added last week.
56-year-old Donnie Blaine Spence, also known as Donald or Lefty, is wanted on felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a firearm, and larceny after breaking and entering. Spence's last known address was 4465 Johnson Bridge Road, Lot 12, in Hickory.
26-year-old Jesse Joe Potter is wanted on felony counts of breaking and entering, financial card theft, and possession of stolen goods. He's also wanted on unspecified felony drug charges. Potter's last known address was 415 Bryant Road, Lot 11, in Drexel.
Spence and Potter were both added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List last Tuesday, August 23. You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
44-year-old Charles Lewis Abernethy of 11th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony larceny, habitual larceny, and three counts of felony probation violation. Abernethy was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 7.
Multiple departments responded to a fire at an apartment complex in Catawba County Sunday morning (August 28). According to various published reports, the fire started shortly before 6 a.m. inside a business that had been converted into several apartments on the 2300 Block of Mitchell Drive, south of Hickory.
At least four apartments were affected, displacing the residents. There were no injuries reported. One published report says that the structure is a total loss. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately four hours. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
A section of North Green Street in Morganton will be closed starting Wednesday (August 31), while contractors do some preliminary work to replace a section of waterline in the area.
The outside, southbound lane of North Green Street will be closed from the Minit Saver Market to just past the entrance to the Tractor Supply shopping center. One entrance to the Minit Saver Market will remain open for customers. The inside, southbound lane will remain open to traffic.
The preliminary work should be completed and the lane should be reopened by the weekend.
60-year-old Jimmy Lee Reid was stabbed early this morning (August 26) in an altercation in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 310 East “J” Street in Newton.
Newton Police were notified of the incident at 4:42 this morning. According to Police, the other party involved, 39-year-old David Dwaine Oakley, Jr. of Newton, said he was leaving his girlfriend’s apartment to go to work when Mr. Reid assaulted him with a broom handle. During the struggle, Mr. Oakley pulled out a pocketknife and Mr. Reid was stabbed. Mr. Oakley’s girlfriend is Mr. Reid’s ex-wife.
Mr. Reid then got into his vehicle and drove approximately 13 miles to a residence on Reid Taylor Road, not far from Lake Norman in southeastern Catawba County. According to published reports, Mr. Reid’s mother and her daughter were at the residence.
Catawba County E.M.S. was called and Mr. Reid was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Newton Police say Mr. Reid was conscious and communicative at the time. They say his injuries are serious, but are not believed to be life-threatening. No update on his condition is available.
The investigation is in its early stages. No charges had been filed as of this afternoon.
The actions taken by officers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and other agencies involved in a shooting that happened in Catawba County have been deemed justifiable by 25th Prosecutorial District Attorney David Learner.
The shooting took place on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at the end of a 40-mile chase out of Mecklenburg County that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of N.C. Highway 16 and Buffalo Shoals Road in southeastern Catawba County.
When CMPD officers tried to arrest the suspects, 29-year-old Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz pointed a firearm at them. Officers responded with the use of deadly force, hitting the suspect several times. Ulloa-Paz was transported to two different hospitals and survived the shooting.
DA Learner reviewed body camera footage from the officers involved in the shooting and reached the determination that they were totally justified in their use of deadly force to defend themselves.
Ulloa-Paz and another defendant in custody are suspected of their involvement in a number of violent crimes that occurred in Charlotte. Those matters remain under investigation.
27-year-old Ashley Mae Hicks of SW Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hicks' bond was set at $2,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 22.