21-year-old Austin Lee Hector of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and driving while impaired. Hector was jailed this morning (June 14) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
25-year-old Lela Mae Boyette of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 last night (June 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
She was arrested when Hickory Police Officers responded to a retail establishment on Springs Road N.E. in reference to a sick or injured female in a vehicle. The woman was identified as Lela Boyette. The vehicle was searched, leading to the discovery and seizure of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Boyette was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office have identified two people who are being sought for their alleged involvement in a break-in in the Wittenburg Community Tuesday morning (June 12). The pair, identified as Terrell Martese Williams, a black male, and Melanie Hunt, a white female, both of Hickory, are being sought on charges of felony breaking and entering and larceny.
Both suspects reside in the Hickory area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either individual is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 828-632-8555. Callers may remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are searching for a 17-year-old female who ran away from home in the early morning hours yesterday (June 12). She is 17-year-old Alyssa Jordan Davis.
The girl’s father told Officers the teen had been grounded following an argument with family members. She was last seen at about 1 a.m. on June 12. She is believed to have left home on Waderidge Trail in Iron Station with an individual named Jackie Goldsworth or Eli Wayne Goldsworth.
Ms. Davis, who is two months pregnant, is a white female. She is 5’3” inches tall with blue eyes and brown hair.
Ms. Davis may be in the Nebo or Marion area. Deputies there checked a residence where they suspected she might have been, but did not locate her.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Alyssa Jordan Davis should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
28-year-old Zong Shia Yang of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:40 yesterday afternoon (June 12) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Events leading to Yang’s arrest began when Hickory Police responded to a robbery call in northwest Hickory. Officers spoke with a witness, who was a passenger in an older model Honda. While speaking with the passenger and the driver, Officers learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
The driver was identified as Zong Yang, who initially provided a false name. Yang and the vehicle were searched, leading to the discovery of drug paraphernalia. Yang was taken into custody without incident.
Officers also located and spoke with the victim of the alleged robbery, who said she was not robbed.
Following his arrest, Yang was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Two suspects are being sought in connection to a pair of recent break-ins in Iredell County.
On May 30 detectives with the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to share information about the investigation into an incident that occurred at a business near the Iredell County Line. It involved two suspects who broke into the Farmer’s Kitchen at the corner of Union Grove Road and Buck Shoals Road. On May 26 at approximately 2 a.m., video footage from security cameras at the business captured two subjects forcing their way into the business, and the vehicle they were driving during the incident.
On Tuesday, June 12, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to Zion Baptist Church at 714 Union Grove Road to take a report about unknown suspects breaking into the church. The individuals stole two televisions from inside. The Iredell and Yadkin County Sheriff’s Offices are asking for assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for these break-ins.
Investigators are asking if anyone can identify the subjects driving the vehicle in the photos attached, or has any information on the break-ins to contact law enforcement. You can contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180, or the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office at 336-679-4217. Furthermore, persons with information can contact Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. You are not required to reveal your identity.
36-year-old Kelvin Anthony Dula of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory and 30-year-old Deron William Norwood, Jr. of Plaza Street in Lenoir were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday afternoon (June 12).
Dula was charged with one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule II & schedule IV controlled substances. Norwood faces one felony count each of possession of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, along with six misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. He failed to appear in court on charges that include two counts of assault on a female and one count of larceny. Both men were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, Dula was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Norwood was in possession of 1.2 grams of heroin, 11.8 grams of meth and 2.3 grams of marijuana.
The suspects were taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. They were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Dula set at $33,000, secured, while Norwood was given a $22,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
More information has been released in the arrest of 30-year-old Zachary G. McRae, who lists addresses on North Aspen Street and Heavner Road, both in Lincolnton. He was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday morning when he was served a bill of indictment for felony possession of methamphetamine. He was also held on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
McRae is wanted by the Giles Co. Sheriff’s Office in Pearisburg, Virginia for credit card larceny and credit card fraud greater than $200. The warrants for his arrest were issued on March 8, 2018.
McRae remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow (June 14) on the fugitive warrant.
44-year-old Harold Nick Robinson was arrested Tuesday (June 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear on a felony. In addition, Robinson is charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday at an address on West Fleming Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $19,000 secured bond. A District Court date is Thursday (June 14).
22-year-old Derek Christopher Barnes of Advent Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony financial card fraud and misdemeanor driving while impaired. Barnes was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Tuesday.
18-year-old Luis Javier Chavez of Highland Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana. In addition, Chavez is charged with six counts of failure to appear.
Following the arrest, Chavez was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $66,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled Tuesday and July 9.
At the request of the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for 15-year-old Levi Jacob German, who was reported missing from Moravian Falls Tuesday (June 12). According to the Sheriff's Office, he was found safe shortly after the Silver Alert was issued.
A fatal shooting incident is under investigation in Alexander County. On Monday (June 11) shortly before 1 a.m., Alexander County Communications received a call of a shooting at a residence on Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville. Officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene along with Taylorsville Police Officers, Alexander County EMS, and the Taylorsville Fire Department. They found a 17-year-old male deceased from a gunshot wound.
Sheriff’s Officers processed the scene, notified the Medical Examiner, and an autopsy was scheduled for today (June 13) at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. There was at least one other teenager, along with an adult female on the scene at the time of the shooting. Once the autopsy is complete, the Sheriff’s Office will confer with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the incident.
Motorists will not be able to travel down a portion of Burkemont Avenue in Morganton today (June 13), when City crews close the road from West Union Street to Regan Street to replace water line valves and a fire hydrant in the area. A portion of New Street will also be closed while repairs happen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
People who live in the area will still be allowed to get to their homes, but all other drivers should find an alternate route. Approximately 60 customers will be without water as the water line valves and fire hydrant are replaced. Customers on Burkemont Avenue, New Street, Camp Smith Street, Hailey Place, Warlick Court, and Pearl Street will be without water during the repairs.
Charges against 62-year-old Shelley Lovin Heafner of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton have been dropped. Ms. Heafner had been facing child abduction charges after she fled yesterday (June 11) with her eight-month-old granddaughter.
Today, a Lincoln Co. District Court judge not only dropped the child abduction charge, but the woman was also granted an emergency custody order to keep the child.
Ms. Heafner, who is the child’s grandmother, had been babysitting the child. She left after learning that the child’s biological mother (Rebecca Stanley) planned to pick up the child and would arrive with the child’s father, who was recently released from jail. The grandmother refused to return the child and left the scene.
The child is safe and remains in the care of her grandmother. No additional charges are expected.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 95-year-old James William Bowman. Mr. Bowman is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Mr. Bowman is a white male. He is 5' 9" tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has gray hair and gray eyes. No photo is available.
Mr. Bowman was last seen at 1145 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. His vehicle is a blue 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass with N.C. license tag number NNL1012.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James William Bowman should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
34-year-old Kenneth Lee McBride of German Street in Lenoir was arrested today (June 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.
Today at 10:10 a.m. Lenoir Police Officers located Kenneth McBride at 817 Corpening Place in Lenoir. At that time McBride was arrested for possession of a stolen license plate. The license plate had been reported stolen from Burke County on May 5. McBride was transported to the Lenoir Police Department where officers attempted to interview him.
As a result of an ongoing undercover investigation which included investigators from the Lenoir Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, McBride was charged with the felony drug offense.
McBride received a $200,000 secured bond. His initial court date is scheduled for Wednesday (June 13).
46-year-old Annette Loraine Craft of Lincolnton and 44-year-old Stacey Ann Butler of Cherryville were arrested Monday (June 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Craft is charged with furnishing a controlled substance to inmates and four counts of conspiracy. Butler was served warrants for conveying messages or weapons to convicts, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods and two counts of conspiracy.
The suspects are charged with attempting to provide an inmate illegal drugs while he was incarcerated at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office jail staff found the drugs while processing mail and they alerted detectives. It was determined that the drugs were intended for a specific inmate who was awaiting sentencing. After obtaining jail records and other evidence, detectives identified two females who spoke with the inmate about the letter and conspired together to send the drugs.
The drugs seized were the prescription opioid suboxone. The inmate, 29-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger of Lincolnton, will be charged with four counts of felony conspiracy. He is currently serving a prison sentence within the North Carolina Department of Corrections and will be officially served at a later date.
Craft was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond. Butler's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Craft has a District Court date July 2, no court date was listed for Butler.
37-year-old John Nathan Hobbs of Fleetwood, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:35 yesterday afternoon (June 11). He was charged with a felony probation violation. Hobbs had been listed as an absconder from probation.
He was on probation following an Ashe County conviction in April of this year on multiple counts of larceny and larceny after breaking & entering. He was serving a 24-month suspended sentence.
Hobbs was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for June 18.
47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Branch of Bethel Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (June 11) on one felony count of failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants for his arrest were issued on June 5. The complainant is listed as the Burke County Clerk of Court.
Branch was taken into custody without incident at 12:57 a.m. Monday at a restaurant on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for August 6 in Morganton.