22-year-old Jacob Andrew Watham, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:25 yesterday afternoon (April 3) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Watham is wanted by the Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff's Office in Shawnee, Oklahoma for failure to appear on charges of assault by strangulation, assault in the presence of a minor, and possession of a controlled substance in jail.
Watham was taken into custody yesterday at a medical facility on Fairgrove Church Road after he was given Thorazine and discharged by doctors. According to H.P.D.'s arrest reports and a spokesperson for the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office, the suspect was uncooperative at the police department and at the detention facility and could not be photographed or fingerprinted at either location.
He is being held in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Samuel David Cook Jr. of McGee Drive in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of identity fraud. He’s also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear in court.
Cook was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $4,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and for April 22.
32-year-old Daquan Blalark of Troy, New York, was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking marijuana by possession and transport and possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute schedule VI controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official and resist, obstruct, or delay a public officer.
On Tuesday, Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on an Enterprise rental vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Altima for traffic violations.
The vehicle was occupied by Daquan Blalark, who it was determined through criminal data systems verifications, is a known drug violator residing in Troy New York. During the traffic stop Blalark became extremely nervous. A narcotics detecting canine was called to assist with the stop, and gave a positive indication on the vehicle.
While attempting to search the vehicle, Blalark reportedly assaulted the deputies, striking one of them in the head. Blalark then attempted to flee in the vehicle but was stopped. He fled through the woods where he again attempted to assault the deputies. The deputies deployed a Taser and took him into custody. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of ten individually vacuumed packaged bags of high grade marijuana buds.
Bond was set at $75,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 24.
35-year-old Ashley Sylvester Butler was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Butler was arrested shortly after midnight Wednesday morning and placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday.
35-year-old Phillip Geoffrey Cammidge of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. Cammidge was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (April 3).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred in the parking lot of Murphy’s Convenience Store in Denver. Deputies were dispatched to the location at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (April 3) when a woman called the Lincoln County Communications Center saying that a man had taken her vehicle at knife point.
The victim said that she and the suspect worked at a fast food restaurant on Highway 73 and left the business together. She said they traveled to the Murphy Convenience Store where an argument occurred. The suspect pulled a knife and threatened the victim. She exited the vehicle along with her two-year-old daughter. The suspect then fled in the vehicle toward the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 16 four lane. The victim was not injured.
The suspect who was identified as 33-year-old Brandon Wayne Morefield of Jenkins Road in Lincolnton. He is 5' 9", weighing around 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a North Carolina license tag reading CBT 4422. He is armed with a knife.
Morefield has been charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle. He had not been arrested and is known to frequent the Gaston County area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morefield is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or your nearest law enforcement agency.
38-year-old Antares Octavius Mattison of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I and II controlled substance. In addition, Mattison is charged with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Mattison was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (April 3).
27-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Hartley Kincaid Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance.
The Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit had been investigating drug sales they believed were connected to the suspect, Elizabeth Jane Lewis. Police say during the investigation it was learned that Lewis was selling and transporting illegal narcotics. On Wednesday officers stopped Lewis’s vehicle near the intersection of Connelly Springs Road and Oak Street for a minor traffic violation.
A Lenoir Police Department K-9 detected the odor of illegal drugs in the car. Lewis’ 2001 Ford Escape was searched. 6.8 grams of methamphetamine and 0.1 grams of cocaine were found in a small safe in the back floorboard. According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $1,030. The arrest was the product of a month long investigation.
Lenoir Police say this is the third time that Lewis has been arrested on drug charges this year. She was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond, she remained in jail as of earlier today (April 4). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Cubbard Express on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory.
At about 9:50 last night (April 2), a suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store heading toward The Abbey Apartments on 9th Avenue Drive N.E.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male wearing a gray hoodie, blue jean pants, and a bandanna around his face.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Carlos De Los Santos directly at 828-261-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
47-year-old Derone Martin McNeill of Victoria Drive in Statesville was taken into custody by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers today (April 3) on two felony counts of second-degree forcible rape, two felony counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, and three felony counts of sexual activity with a student by school personnel.
Officers began the investigation against McNeill after an administrator at a school in Statesville expressed concerns. McNeil is the former Athletic Director at the Statesville Christian School.
Detectives with the Special Victim’s Unit conducted an interview with the victim, who told them that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by McNeill between 2012 and 2014. Detectives continued to speak with multiple witnesses to gather information and corroborate the victim’s statement. Detectives attempted to obtain a statement from McNeill, but he declined to speak with Investigators.
Based on the information and evidence that was gathered, arrest warrants for McNeill were released last Tuesday (March 26). He was also charged by the Statesville Police Department. In all, McNeill faces over 70 charges. He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $2,000,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
On Wednesday, March 27, Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin entered a consent judgment against a property at 2610 Andrews Circle, a residence in Lenoir. According to a press release issued by the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety, the property, which they describe as “problematic”, has a long history as the scene of fights, drug violations, and numerous calls to the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office.
The judgment was the final step in a civil nuisance abatement case brought by Caldwell County on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the North Carolina General Statutes defines “nuisance” activities and provides for a civil remedy to abate such criminal acts and their detrimental impacts on the community.
Under the terms of the judgment, the property must be vacated no later than April 10, 2019, and remain vacant until sold. Anyone found on the property, other than those specifically named in the agreement, will be arrested for trespassing. If any part of the order is violated, the defendants may be held in contempt of court and punished with jail time, fines, or both.
Georgia Winebarger, the property owner, and Brandon Laney, the current resident, were named as defendants in the lawsuit. As a result, Winebarger and Laney are permanently barred from maintaining a nuisance at the Andrews Circle property or anywhere else in North Carolina.
The investigation was a joint effort between members of the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office and Alcohol Law Enforcement’s (A.L.E.) Nuisance Abatement Team.
16-year-old Bernardo Garcia was arrested on Sunday (March 31) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with breaking and entering to a church, possession of burglary tools, larceny of property, and receiving or possession of stolen goods.
Garcia was arrested after Officers responded to a call in reference to a breaking and entering outside a church located at Summit Street in Morganton. Officers discovered two bikes against the side of the church and then conducted a search of the perimeter. There, Officers located Garcia and another juvenile locked in one of the rooms in the church.
Garcia was jailed in Morganton and has since been released under a $5,000 bond. The other suspect was released to his mother and the Department of Juvenile Justice was informed. All items that were taken from the church were returned. A District Court appearance for Garcia was scheduled for April 17.
49-year-old Robert Allan Barr of Sunset Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (April 2). He’s charged with failure to appear in court (the second time he failed to appear on a count of assault on a female).
Barr was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for May 1.
40-year-old Anthony Edward Jones II of Rogers Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o'clock yesterday afternoon (April 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of loitering for the purpose of drug activity.
Jones was arrested as Police investigated a report of loitering at a store on South Center Street in Hickory. During the incident, Jones was taken into custody without incident and 0.3 grams of crack cocaine was found.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
44-year-old Jill Elizabeth Rowell of Valdese was convicted yesterday (April 2) in Caldwell Co. Superior Court for attempted larceny from a merchant by removing anti-theft devices. She was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, gave Rowell a sentence of four-to-six years. That prison term will begin when Rowell finishes her current sentence for similar shoplifting and larceny incidents.
Rowell's habitual felon status is the result of prior convictions for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (May 2006 and April 2015) and possession of cocaine (July 2011), all in Burke County.
Rowell was convicted yesterday in connection to an incident in July 2017 when she entered a store in Lenoir with her young child. She collected clothing, designer purses, and a large tote bag. Rowell took the items to a secluded area of the store and cut off the security sensors with wire snips. She stuffed the snips, dye packs, clothing, and purses into the large tote bag and exited the store with merchandise valued at $1,300.
Store employees followed her out of the store to a waiting vehicle and managed to take the tote bag from her, but she fled the scene in the vehicle. Lenoir Police store personnel were familiar with Rowell from past incidents. Officers traced the vehicle registration to her mother in Burke County. In the days that followed, Rowell contacted Officers asked them not to prosecute if she paid the store for damages.
The case was investigated by Lt. Mark Barlowe and Sgt. Patrick Moser with the Lenoir Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the case for the State.
27-year-old Jeffery Nathaniel Shatley of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police Officers yesterday (April 2) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s also charged with failure to appear on a non-support charge.
Shatley was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond, plus $802 for the non-support charge. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
33-year-old Cheng Yang of Hielman Street in Newton was arrested Monday (April 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in methamphetamine.
On Monday, the Catawba County Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Hickory and Newton Police Departments conducted a search at a residence on Hielman Street in Newton. According to a news release issued by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Investigators found approximately ten pounds of marijuana, approximately 11 ounces of methamphetamine and a trafficking amount of opioids.
Following his arrest, the suspect received a $100,000 bond, which Yang posted. Yang was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday (April 2). No upcoming court dates were listed. More charges are expected.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (April 2).
Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda were all approved. Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings there were three items. Included among them was the consideration of a rezoning petition for property owned by Horizon REI group LLC containing approximately 135 acres. The property is located on Startown Road. In addition, under second reading was the consideration of a rezoning petition for just under eight acres of property on 29th Avenue NE.
Among the items on the consent agenda was the approval of an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to receive federal funds in the amount of $1,600,000 to construct the 9th Street NW Connector.
Also, during Tuesday's meeting, Assistant to the City Manager Yaidee Fox presented updates on the City’s bond projects. Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented plans for the Book Walk, a multipurpose path from the City Walk in Downtown Hickory through Ridgeview to Hwy 70. City Council voted to move forward with the selected alignment and presented plans for the Book Walk, as recommended by the Bond Commission.
Library Director Sarah Greene and Kim Luke Holden, Executive Director of Catawba County Partnership for Children, announced a partnership where the Hickory Public Library will fund Imagination Library subscriptions for 500 children within the City of Hickory. Kathy Greathouse made a special presentation to Council about a public art piece to commemorate the 1964 Ridgeview football team known as the Untouchables. City Council voted to support the project.
Mayor Hank Guess also encouraged everyone to check out the newly released http://MyHKY.com website.
25-year-old Benjamin Noah McCann of Weaverville, N.C. and 20-year-old Dylan Michael Carroll of Claremont, were arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and false report to a police station. A third suspect was arrested and was also charged with false report to a police station.
Tuesday, at 6:42 p.m., Catawba County Communications received a call in reference to a person who had allegedly been shot on Huffman Farm Road in the Mountain View area of Catawba County. The caller reported that he was in a vehicle with two other people and they picked up a man walking on the road. Inside the vehicle, the individual they picked up attempted to rob the occupants. When they refused to give up property, the man shot the driver of the vehicle through the seat.
Officers from Hickory Police Department found the occupants in a shopping center parking lot on Highway 127 South. They told officers the same story regarding the shooting. They also said the suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran away. The occupants described the suspect as a young, dark skinned male with short, small twisted dreads. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Frye Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. After investigating the alleged occurrence, it was determined that the occupants of the vehicle lied about the facts of the incident in order to cover up that one of the vehicle occupants accidentally shot another occupant.
McCann was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond, Carroll's bond was set at $18,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 3). No bond or court information was available for the third suspect.
36-year-old Ignacio Cortez Macedo, of Claremont, was given an active prison sentence of six to 12 years following his conviction for sexual crimes involving a minor. Macedo received the sentence after entering a guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (April 2).
The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for Macedo after he pleaded guilty to second-degree forcible sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections, be required to register as a sex offender for life and is subject to deportation.
The offenses occurred in June 2018 and involved a 13-year-old female victim. During a forensic interview, the victim described three separate incidents when the defendant touched her inappropriately, rubbing her private areas on each occasion.
Captain Allen Long led the investigation for Claremont Police Department, with assistance from Catawba County Department of Social Services and the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert prosecuted the matter for the State.