We have more information on the arrests of two suspects on drug charges in Caldwell County.
45-year-old Lonnie Dale Love of Cross Street in Granite Falls and 54-year-old Lisa Bryant McGalliard of Fairwood Drive in Hudson were arrested Wednesday (May 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. WHKY reported on both of the arrests in our Thursday (May 17) news. Love is charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and on a felony fugitive warrant. McGalliard was charged with one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
On May 16, 2018, Narcotic Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Probation/Parole Officers in a search of a residence at 5005 Cross Street in Granite Falls. The tenants, Love and McGalliard, have been under investigation for the past month for suspicion of trafficking in meth. Ice Agents had conducted an undercover operation and made a purchase of meth from them at the residence earlier in the month. Love is also a wanted fugitive from Virginia for a probation/parole violation stemming from a robbery conviction, and a felony probation violation from North Carolina.
Officers searched the residence and found approximately 65 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, digital scales, and other assorted drug paraphernalia items. As a result, both McGalliard and Love were arrested. The meth seized during the investigation has a street value of $9,810 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.
Love received a $200,000 secured bond for the fugitive charge and a $50,000 secured bond on the drug charges. McGalliard received a $50,000 secured bond for the drug charges. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir Thursday.
30-year-old Britton Nicole Metcalf of Rainhill Church Road in Morganton was arrested on two occasions earlier this month by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. In one of those cases, a second suspect, 32-year-old Jason Robert Hill of Brandon Road in Morganton, was arrested with Metcalf. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Metcalf is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hill is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.
On May 7, Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff Office responded to 1833 Fonta Flora Road in Nebo, in reference to a suspicious person. Upon arrival Officers located an unsecured door and as a result made contact with Metcalf and Hill inside the residence. NC Probation Officers were contacted and responded to the residence and assisted Deputies and meth was found and seized.
On May 16, Burke County narcotics officers responded to 5169 Rainhill Church Road after they were contacted for assistance by NC Probation Officers. As a result of the investigation cash and meth were found and seized by officers. Metcalf was transported to the Burke County Magistrates Office where she appeared before the Magistrate on NC Probations charges.
Both suspects were placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Metcalf's total bond amount is $46,500 secured, she has a court date next Monday (May 21). Hill's bond is $18,000 secured, he was scheduled to appear in court today (May 18). Both suspects remained in jail as of earlier today.
A warrant has been issued in a fatal hit and run in Long View. Wednesday morning (May 16) at 5:24 a pedestrian was struck in the roadway in the area of the 2800 Block of Highway 70 SW. The unidentified man was deceased upon the arrival of Long View Police. After the initial investigation and the review of local surveillance footage, it was determined that a dark colored 1990 to 1998 Chevrolet extra cab truck was the suspect vehicle.
Later that day, with the help of the news and social media outlets a suspect vehicle was found and impounded by the Long View Criminal Investigation Division. After further investigation, the decision was made to issue a warrant for Michael Ryan Cooke of Hickory. As of the most recent news release from Long View Police, Cooke had agreed to turn himself in but had not done so yet. He had been cooperating with police.
25-year-old Dakota James Noland was arrested Wednesday (May 16) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Noland was arrested at a Lincolnton business at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 17).
54-year-old Lisa Bryant McGalliard of Fairwood Drive in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 16) on one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. McGalliard was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
28-year-old Phillip Mark Holsclaw of N.W. Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (May 16) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense. Holsclaw was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at 30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
27-year-old Michael Vincent Canipe was arrested last night (May 16) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of speed to elude arrest and possession of controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution or local jail. In addition, Canipe is charged with misdemeanor counts of operating vehicle with expired registration, no operators license, and fail to stop at a red light or stop sign.
Canipe was arrested just before 11 p.m. Wednesday on NC 16 South in Stanley. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 17).
45-year-old Lonnie Dale Love of Cross Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Love is also charged on a felony fugitive warrant from the state of Virginia, the charge is not specified. Love was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 17).
Caldwell County deputies have identified suspects in connection with the search warrant that resulted in the recovery of stolen vehicles and license plates on Monday (May 15) at 3990 Tom Calloway Lane in Hudson. Multiple stolen vehicles and stolen registration plates were found at this location. Property that was recovered was reported stolen from Catawba, Caldwell, Lincoln and Wilkes Counties in North Carolina, and from Simpsonville South Carolina.
41-year-old Ryan Eller McRee is being sought by deputies. He's charged with three counts of possessing a stolen motor vehicle and one count of altering or destroying stolen motor vehicle parts. 39-year-old Tiffany Ann Brown has also been charged and is currently being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility on unrelated charges.
If you know where to find McRee, call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 758-2324 or Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You could receive a cash reward if you provide a tip to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest.
On Tuesday (May 15) at 8:13 p.m., officers from the Newton Police Department responded to 1208 North Davis Avenue in reference to someone discharging a weapon into a dwelling. The homeowner told officers that he was across the street visiting with neighbors when he heard the shots. A silver or gray Jeep was seen driving north on North Davis Avenue with a Hispanic male sitting on the passenger door shooting over the top of the vehicle. The suspect appeared to be shooting two hand guns in the direction of the victim’s house.
Several bullet holes were found by officers in the victim’s residence. Security camera video captured the events showing a suspect vehicle that is possibly a silver or gray Jeep Patriot. The suspect shooting the gun appears to be wearing a blue shirt. The victim’s name is being withheld. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Massey at the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.
47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Branch of Bethel Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (May 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday, Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division went to 1705 Bethel Road in Morganton to follow up on a complaint of drug activity. According to a news release issued Wednesday (May 16), during the course of the investigation narcotics and paraphernalia were located and seized.
Branch was arrested and transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. His bond was set at $4,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.
32-year-old Johnathan Ray Creel, 39-year-old Elzabeth Raynell Schronce, and 54-year-old Robert Tazzy Harris, who all list Lowman's Motor Court on U.S. Highway 70 East in Hildebran as their home addresses, along with 61-year-old Keith Lamar Childers of Lacrosse Drive in Huntersville, 41-year-old Keesha Launa Meroney of June Bug Road in Vale, and 41-year-old Steven Dewayne Icard Jr. of Highway 70A in Hildebran, were all arrested Wednesday (May 16) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. All six suspects are charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Icard is also charged with misdemeanor probation violation.
Following an investigation by the Burke County Criminal Investigations Narcotics Division at Lowman’s Motor Court, methamphetamine was located and seized. Assisted by other Burke County Deputies, the six suspects were arrested, taken before the magistrate and confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. All of the suspects with the exception of Icard were jailed under $5,000 secured bond. Icard's bond was set at $30,000 secured. All of the suspects except Icard had court appearances scheduled today (May 17). Icard was scheduled to appear Wednesday, and Friday (May 18).
A Conover man received a minimum 50 year prison sentence after being found guilty of multiple sex crimes by a Catawba County jury on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. 67-year-old Jesse Lee Mize was sentenced to an active prison term of 50 to 70 years by the Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, during Catawba County Superior Court after being found guilty of rape of a child, sex offense with a child and three counts of indecent liberties with children.
Mize appealed the verdict to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Judge Archie set a $100,000 appeal bond over the State’s objection. If Mize posts the bond he will remain free pending the decision from the Appellate Court. If the jury’s decision is upheld on appeal, Mize will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The jury needed approximately two hours of deliberation following closing arguments from Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams and Defense Attorney Scott Matthews on Tuesday morning to return its verdict, bringing the five-day trial to a close. According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, the sexual abuse began when the two female victims were ages six and eight, and the abuse was disclosed when they were ages ten and 12. The defendant was a friend of the family.
Rick Younger led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Adams handled prosecution for the State.
43-year-old James Paul Dugger of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (May 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from an incident in July of last year when Hickory Police received information regarding illegal narcotics activity at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers approached two rooms at the hotel. In one of the rooms, Police found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine, multiple smoking pipes and paraphernalia. Dugger was initially arrested at that time.
He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Budget Inn. Dugger was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
32-year-old Calvin Leon Costner of Farnsworth Lane in Charlotte was arrested May 8 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued today (May 16), on May 8, a traffic stop was conducted on a 2007 Cadillac on Garner Bagnal Boulevard for a traffic violation. While speaking with the driver, the officer detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and 32.58 ounces of high grade marijuana was found along with drug paraphernalia. The marijuana is valued at $18,472. Costner's bond was set at $15,000 secured. No court date was listed.
29-year-old Seth Dixon Stepp of Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:40 p.m. yesterday (May 15) on one felony count of motor vehicle theft. The charge is from Burke County. He was also charged with a parole violation.
Stepp was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Morganton.
A fatal hit and run in Long View is under investigation. According to the North Carolina News Network, the incident occurred on Highway 70 near the Fran Mar Motel just before 6 a.m. today (May 16). A male pedestrian was struck and killed. The victim's name has not been released. The Long View Police Department is hoping the debris left behind in the collision will help them identify the vehicle make and model.
30-year-old Whitney Takalya Harris of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (May 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged her with non-support of a child.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 15 of this year when Hickory Police responded to the Belk store in reference to a subject who concealed items and exited past the last point of sale. Loss Prevention detained Harris and recovered the stolen items. She was initially arrested on that date.
Harris was taken into custody without incident last night at the Sunny Valley public housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton. Harris was also given a $110 cash bond on the non-support charge with a court date on May 24.
33-year-old Nicole Ruth Mahaffey of Old Mocksville Road in Statesville was arrested May 8 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
According to a news release issued today (May 16), the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office had received numerous complaints from citizens about the amount of vehicle traffic, large numbers of people and possible drug sales at 1826 Old Mocksville Road. Surveillance operations were established on the residence and detectives quickly verified the large amount of activity at the residence.
On May 8 narcotics detectives went to the residence and spoke with Nicole Ruth Mahaffey. Detectives were given permission to search the residence. They found eleven grams of meth hidden in a vent in a bathroom and a glass jar filled with marijuana. They found hydrocodone pills totalling 4.8 grams inside that jar.
Mahaffey was jailed under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for May 30.
The Lincolnton Police Department is requesting the public’s help in solving a homicide that took place on May 4 at approximately 11:48 p.m. The victim, Johnny Ray “Nuke” Izard, Jr., was walking on the 200 block of New Bold Street Lincolnton when he was shot. Mr. Izard later died at the hospital.
Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.