Two arrests have been made in connection to a double homicide under investigation in Hickory.
20-year-old Daniel Jeremiah Minton and 20-year-old Maurice Craig Brown, both of Lenoir, were both arrested this morning (September 1) by Hickory Police Officers. Minton is charged with two counts of murder, Brown is charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to murder.
Minton turned himself in to the Lenoir Police Department. Brown was arrested at an address on 8th Street Drive SE in Hickory. Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday (August 31), Hickory Police Officers were called to 2830 12th Ave SE, Apartment B6, in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers discovered 18-year-old Branique Stephan Mcknight of Conover and 20-year-old Janarion Kaverio Knox of Hickory, in the residence both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Mcknight and Knox both died at the scene as a result of their injuries.
Minton and Brown were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Minton under no bond, bond for Brown has been set at $400,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.
The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about this incident to contact Inv. S. Hudson at 828-261-2620 or email@example.com.
45-year-old Scott Allen Lail of Old School House Road in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (August 31) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Lail was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for September 19.
A fire that burned a mobile home in Morganton is under investigation. According to a news release issued Thursday (August 31) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, last Sunday, August 27, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Public Safety responded to 314 Fletcher Street, Lot 8, to a reported mobile home fire. When firefighters arrived the mobile home was fully engulfed with fire and smoke. Arriving units were notified by a bystander that people may be inside the residence.
Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and conducted a primary search of the residence. After ventilation and search operations, it was confirmed that no one was inside the residence at the time of the fire. After overhaul of the structure it was determined that the home was vacant and had been abandoned for a short period of time. The fire investigation by Public Safety is ongoing. No injuries were reported, Burke County Emergency Services also responded.
35-year-old Lori Jean Ward of Hidden Acres Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with aid and abet break or enter a motor vehicle, and four counts of failure to appear. Ward was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 3.
27-year-old Skyler Wayne Epperly of Norwood Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony second degree forcible sex offense and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Epperley was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $203,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (September 1) and October 2.
The man arrested for allegedly kidnapping a woman and her young daughter in Lenoir was formally charged on Thursday (August 31). 31-year-old Zachary Scott Watson of Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Connelly Springs was charged by Lenoir Police with two counts of felony first degree kidnapping.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday (August 30), Watson allegedly took 31-year-old Tiffany Leigh Primm her one-year-old daughter against their will with the use of a firearm in the roadway of Jason Place in Lenoir. The suspect's vehicle was located at a gas station near I-40 in Mocksville. Watson fled the location on foot upon approach by Officers. At approximately 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Primm and her one year old daughter were located safely inside the vehicle. Watson was taken into custody early Thursday morning not far from where he fled on foot. He was transported to the Lenoir Police Department for felony processing.
Watson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for September 19.
22-year-old Austin Markize Saddler, who is listed as a homeless man from Hickory, was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Saddler was detained this morning (September 1) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
The Hickory Police Department is investigating a double homicide and is seeking a suspect. A photo of the suspect has been released by authorities.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday (August 31), Hickory Police Officers were called to 2830 12th Ave SE, Apartment B6, in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers discovered 18-year-old Branique Stephan Mcknight of Conover and 20-year-old Janarion Kaverio Knox of Hickory, in the residence both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Mcknight and Knox both died at the scene as a result of their injuries.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5'11" to 6', heavy set in his mid 20’s with a pony tail pulled up into a bun and facial hair. He was wearing an orange t-shirt, black basketball type shorts with red trim and black shoes with white trim. Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551. This incident does not appear to be a random act of violence.
The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about this incident to contact Inv. Hudson at 828-261-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
39-year-old Roger Dale Minton of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested today (August 31) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with break or enter a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon. Minton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (September 1).
62-year-old John Garland Triplett of EBB Smith Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with second degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a felon. Following the arrest, Triplett was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of 18-year-old Madison Leigh Workman, whose body was found on a porch in Lenoir on the morning of July 28. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office would say only that the incident remains under investigation. A family member told WHKY that Ms. Workman’s death involves suspicious circumstances and is connected to a narcotics investigation.
35-year-old Terry Justin Rowe of East Highway 70-A in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday (August 30) for failure to appear on a felony and failure to appear on a misdemeanor.
The charges come in connection to an incident in May 2016 when Police responded to reports of illegal narcotics activity at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers found 1.4 grams of methamphetamine, 2.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the room. No arrests were made at that time.
Rowe was taken into custody at the Hickory Police Department where he was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance on meth and marijuana-related charges was set for October 2 in Newton.
44-year-old Loren Dave Moore and 46-year-old Shannon Glenn Fox, both of the same address on Estes Road in Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell a controlled substance. Fox was also charged with felony possession of meth.
On Tuesday (August 29), Iredell County Narcotics Investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search the Estes Road residence in northern Iredell County. They were acting on information from community sources received through the Sheriff’s website, along with other information gathered during the course of the investigation.
Upon arrival, Investigators encountered Loren Dave Moore in the driveway. Moore told Investigators that Shannon Fox was inside the residence. The residence had been condemned by the Iredell County Health Department last November following a previous search conducted by Narcotics Investigators. Nine individuals were arrested at that time and methamphetamine and materials used to manufacture meth were seized.
A search conducted on Tuesday again turned up meth and materials used to manufacture meth. Moore and Fox were both taken into custody.
Both subjects were jailed with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They will appear in District Court on September 19. Moore and Fox both have criminal histories that include felony drug charges.
33-year-old William Brandon Clinton of Crouse and 22-year-old Tyler McKay Lucas of Pineville were both arrested Tuesday (August 29) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of schedule III controlled substance.
The suspects were charged after detectives searched a residence in the 1200 block of Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton on Monday (August 28). According to detectives, a truck located at the residence was also impounded and a separate search was conducted for the vehicle. During the search detectives seized 24 grams of methamphetamine, over three grams of heroin, Suboxone strips, and drug paraphernalia from the truck.
Detectives say additional smaller amounts of methamphetamine were seized from the residence. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming. Clinton is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond on unrelated drug charges and had yet to be served. Lucas was placed in Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date for Lucas was scheduled for today (August 31).
32-year-old Nathaniel Wilson Kirby of Timothy Dan Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (August 30) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Kirby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 31).
36-year-old Patricia Ann Hernandez and 45-year-old Roger Dale Kiser, both of the same Pearl Street, Statesville address, were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, safecracking, and trafficking opiates
Sunday (August 27) just after noon, Iredell County deputies responded to a report of a breaking and entering in progress to a residence at 190 Big Tree Drive. Callers to Emergency Communications gave a detailed description of the suspects and their vehicle. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and make a traffic stop on Old Mountain Road near Celeste Estates.
Upon stopping the vehicle, they encountered Patricia Hernandez and Roger Kiser. During a field interview, Hernandez admitted to breaking into the residence and removing a small safe which contained prescription medications to include oxycodone tablets. Based on Hernandez’ and other witness statements, along with the discovery of the stolen prescription medications in the vehicle, Kiser and Hernandez were both arrested.
Both suspects were detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $90,000 secured bond. They made first court appearances Monday (August 28). They're scheduled to make their next District Court appearances September 8.
36-year-old Wayne Eugene Horton of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 30) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Probation and Parole. Horton was charged by the Sheriff's Office with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Probation and Parole charged him with parole violation. Following the arrest, Horton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,500 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Friday (September 1).
A woman and her daughter, who were reportedly kidnapped Wednesday (August 30) from Lenoir were found safe in Mocksville. The suspect in the case has been apprehended.
Wednesday, at approximately 5:18 p.m. the mother of 31-year-old Tiffany Leigh Primm contacted the Lenoir Police Department in reference to a potential kidnapping of her daughter and granddaughter. The victim and her daughter were traveling in her vehicle when the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Zachary Scott Watson of Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Connelly Springs, allegedly took the victims against their will with the use of a firearm in the roadway of Jason Place Lenoir. The suspect and victims left the scene in the victim’s black Toyota Tundra.
During the investigation Officers learned that the victim and suspect were involved in a past relationship. Officers of the Lenoir Police Department obtained information of a possible location in the area of Mocksville, North Carolina. Within minutes of relaying the information to Officers with Mocksville PD, the vehicle was located at a gas station near I-40 in Mocksville. Watson fled the location on foot upon approach by Officers. At approximately 8:45 p.m. Primm and her one year old daughter were located safely inside the vehicle.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. today (August 31) The Lenoir Police Department was notified by Officers with the Mocksville Police Department that they had taken Zachary Scott Watson into custody not far from where he fled on foot. Watson was transported to the Lenoir Police Department for felony processing. As of the most recent news release from Lenoir Police, Watson had not been formally charged.
This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.
Additional charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in connection to a string of break-ins to vehicles. We first reported on the arrest of 17-year-old Dylan Thomas Deaton of Colridge Court in Connelly Springs last week on WHKY.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has continued to receive and investigate reports of breaking and entering to vehicles, and an attempted first degree burglary associated with the initial arrests of Kevin Blaine Jenkins and Cody Dean Limbo. These additional reported crimes took place in the Rhodhiss Road and Icard Rhodhiss Road areas of Burke County.
Dylan Thomas Deaton was the 3rd suspect charged with breaking and entering related to the Icard Rhodhiss area. His original charges included felonious attempted first degree burglary; two counts apiece of felonious breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods along with single counts of felonious larceny and felonious possession of stolen goods. Deaton’s original bond was set at $95,000 secured.
On Tuesday (August 29) Deaton was charged with additional offenses including single counts of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny after B&E, and felonious possession of stolen goods. In addition, Deaton is charged with three counts of B&E to a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.
Deaton received an additional bond of $50,000 which set his total bond at $145,000 secured. He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday (August 30). These cases are still open and the investigations are continuing with additional charges expected.
Stephen Forbes, President of Forbes Printing of Lenoir, announced yesterday (August 29) that his company is merging with MidAtlantic Printers of Altavista, Virginia. The merger will be in place Friday (September 1).
Forbes Printing was founded in 1984 when CEO Esley Forbes and Diana Bost purchased The Printing House and renamed it Forbes Printing. Forbes primarily services accounts in the Piedmont and Western regions of North Carolina.
MidAtlantic was formed as Altavista Printing in 1910 and services the region between Charlotte and Washington, D.C. It is listed as one of the “Top 400” U.S. printers by Printing Impressions.