39-year-old David Randal Lackey of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. Following the arrest, Lackey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
58-year-old Malcolm Eugene Harrison of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Harrison was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
49-year-old Bryan Keith Simmons of Enoree, South Carolina, was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the purpose of keeping controlled substances, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Last Wednesday (September 28) at approximately 12 noon, officers from the Lenoir Police Department with members of the US Marshal Service Violent Offender Task Force located Bryan Keith Simmons. Simmons was wanted on a Felony Fugitive Extradition warrant from Spartanburg, South Carolina for the charge of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine or Cocaine. Simmons was found in a room at the Red Carpet Inn on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir.
When Simmons was arrested the officers noticed a large number of hypodermic needles, scales, and a firearm lying inside his room. A search warrant was applied for and obtained to search the room. When the room was searched officers found 884.2 grams of Methamphetamine which had a street value of $132,630. They found five firearms, one of which had been reported stolen from Union County, South Carolina. They also found $3,957 in US currency, and several items of drug paraphernalia.
Simmons was arrested and served the Felony Fugitive Extradition warrant. He received a $500,000.00 secured bond and his initial court date was scheduled for last Thursday (September 29).
Last Friday (September 30), Officers with the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit obtained warrants for Simmons arrest. These warrants stemmed from the search of the motel room. That search resulted in the drug charges being filed against Simmons. Bond on those charges was set at two-million dollars. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, October 3).
57-year-old Macky Lee Hush of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 Saturday afternoon (October 1) on one count of failure to appear in court on a felony.
Hush was taken into custody without incident on Highway 127 South on an order for arrest issued in May of this year. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.
Hush was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A Superior Court date was set for November 7 in Newton.
29-year-old Jeramie Hawthorne of Hicks Road in Greenville, N.C. has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax) and driving while license are revoked. Hawthorne faces a number of charges from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
At 7:55 a.m. today (October 3), a Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy was directing school traffic at Iron Station Elementary School when a suspect vehicle that had previously been involved in a hit & run on Highway 150, east of Lincolnton, approached the school. The driver apparently saw the patrol car’s flashing blue lights and turned left into the school parking lot. The vehicle then traveled through a grassy area and back onto Highway 27, eastbound.
The Deputy pursued the vehicle east on Highway 27 into Gaston County where the suspect wrecked near Black Snake Road and Highway 27 in Stanley. Cesena and a Gaston County Officer took the suspect into custody after he crashed into a tree, but continued his attempt to escape.
At last report, Hawthorne was being taken before a Magistrate. As of noon today, no information was available regarding a bond amount or a court date. No photo has been released.
30-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of 6th Avenue N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 3) on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was taken into custody without incident at 4:12 a.m. today on the 2300 block of Highway 70 S.E., in the vicinity of West End BBQ. Pless was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
52-year-old Arthur Lee Robinson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 yesterday morning (October 2) on one felony count of murder.
Events leading to the arrest began at about 2:50 a.m. yesterday when Officers were called to a civil disturbance at Robinson’s residence, which he shared with 63-year-old Kester Lee Hewitt. Hewitt made the initial call to Police. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Hewitt, who was not injured. They were unable to locate Robinson.
At about 4:45 a.m., Police were called back to another disturbance at the residence. They arrived to find Hewitt inside the residence, deceased as the result of an apparent stab wound. Robinson was found outside the residence where he was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
21-year-old Sayvon Richardson of Charlotte was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 21 felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of misdemeanor larceny, two counts of felony larceny, and one count of felony attempted larceny. Richardson is one of three suspects wanted in connection with several vehicle break-ins in southern Iredell County.
On September 3 Detectives with the Iredell County Criminal Investigation Division began the investigation into the vehicle break-ins. As in other incidents the suspects appeared to be going to a neighborhoods and searching for unlocked vehicles. In one incident the suspects were observed on a home surveillance system.
Detectives spoke with victims and sought out potential witnesses. During the course of the investigation it was determined that three suspects were possibly connected to similar crimes in other jurisdictions and that they were armed at the time the break in’s occurred.
The three suspects were identified after Detectives tracked a stolen card to a location in Charlotte where it was used to make purchases. With the video in hand calls from the public soon came in leading to the three suspects being identified.
As the investigation continued a search warrant was executed at the home of one of the suspects where a large amount of stolen property was recovered.
Warrants were issued for all three suspects and one of the suspects, Sayvon Richardson, was quickly located, arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed on a $100,000 dollar secured bond. A District Court date for Richardson is set for October 10. Warrants are still outstanding for 16-year-old Doral Mcham and 19-year-old Derico Misenhaimer, both of Charlotte.
35-year-old Misty Street Teague was arrested Saturday (October 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Teague was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for October 31.
The North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a warning to citizens regarding a utility scam that has already affected residents of the Tar Heel State.
According to a news release issued last week by NCDOJ, in this scam, crooks pretend to represent an electric or gas utility company. They threaten to cut off your utility service unless allegedly overdue bills are paid immediately. They’ve been calling individuals and businesses across North Carolina.
According to the news release, the scammers are taking extra steps to convince you that their call is legitimate by manipulating Caller ID (to make it look like they really are calling from Duke Energy), by transferring you to speak to a “supervisor” during the call, and even by playing music for you while you’re on hold.
Victims are sometimes instructed to send their payment by wire. But increasingly they’re told to deposit money into a specific account, or to put funds on a prepaid debit card or gift card and then call back to provide the card number.
The good news is, most people are seeing through this scam thus far, however, some have not. An eastern North Carolina homeowner lost more than $500 recently while a Charlotte resident lost almost $2,000, both via gift cards. A small business in the Triangle area sent more than $1,000 by wire, and another lost $2,200 via prepaid cards.
If you get a call threatening to cut off your power if you don’t pay: Don’t send or transfer any money to the callers.
If you believe you may really owe money on your utility bill, hang up and call your utility directly, using a phone number from a recent bill or the company’s website.
Remember that real utility companies won’t use these methods to try to collect overdue accounts or cut off your service on such short notice.
If you believe you’ve fallen for a utility cut-off scam, call the NCDOJ office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free in NC or file a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
46-year-old Ricky Lamont Carlton of 3rd Street SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. The charges are on warrants from 2015. Carlton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. No court date is listed.
Two Caldwell County residents are charged in connection to a break-in to a home.
27-year-old Larry William Keller III and 25-year-old Lindsay Michelle Glenn, both of Smokey Creek Road in Lenoir, were both arrested by Det. J.D. Philyaw with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. According to a news release issued Friday (September 30) they were arrested on September 23. They are each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
The arrests occurred after an investigation into a residential break-in on Shadowbrook Drive in Lenoir. Keller and Glenn are charged with stealing more than $1000 in property during the break-in. Keller is also charged with a felony count for violating his probation.
Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond apiece. Keller was scheduled to make a Superior Court appearance today (Monday, October 3). Glenn has a District Court date October 17.
One person was killed when a small plane crashed into the BB&T Bank branch in Long View this afternoon (Saturday, October 1).
The 1944 Culver PQ-14A was headed to the Hickory Regional Airport before it crashed at approximately 1:15 p.m. The bank is located in the 3200 block of 1st Avenue SW. The pilot, 81-year-old George Baxter Harris, was killed in the crash. He was the only person on the plane. Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy told WHKY's Fentress Chestnut that Harris was an experienced pilot. He died on impact. There were no other injuries in the incident.
The National Transportation Safety Board was en-route to Long View this afternoon to take part in the investigation.
19-year-old Marcus Donte Frazier, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Florida was arrested by Statesville Police today (September 30) on a fugitive warrant out of Florida for homicide and attempted murder.
Statesville Police were contacted today by Investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department regarding a homicide suspect wanted in Florida who was possibly in Statesville. Information was provided that led Investigators to believe that Frazier was staying with a relative in an apartment at the Myrtle Place Apartments on the 200 block of Jonathan Lane in Statesville.
Statesville Police confirmed that the suspect, Marcus Frazier, was at the apartment complex. A search warrant was obtained. Due to the serious nature of the charges, the Statesville Police Special Response Team was called in to serve the warrant.
Just after 12:30 this afternoon, the Special Response Team and assisting Officers arrived at the apartment complex. A safety perimeter was set up and Officers began an attempt to evacuate neighboring apartments. During that time, Frazier opened the apartment door. He obeyed verbal commands to come out of the apartment and was safely taken into custody without incident.
Frazier was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5-million bond, pending extradition back to Florida. No court date is currently listed.
23-year-old Jesse Glen Coulbourn (a.k.a. Arizona Hevner) of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 yesterday morning (September 29) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of filing a false report to a police station.
He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a stolen vehicle at Cloninger Ford on Highway 70 S.E. A customer, Jesse Coulbourn, had taken a 2017 Ford Escape for a test drive several weeks earlier. Management told Police he likely switched keys and stole the vehicle on a later date. Dealership personnel noticed the car missing as they conducted inventory on September 21. The following day, an anonymous caller confirmed that the vehicle was, in fact, stolen.
A warrant for Coulbourn’s arrest was issued on September 22. He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the intersection of Highland Avenue N.E. and 15th Street N.E. in Hickory. Management at the dealership told WHKY that the car has not been not been returned to them. It’s not clear if the vehicle is in the possession of the Police Department.
Coulbourn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
On Thursday, Lincolnton Police picked up a juvenile who ran away from DSS custody for the second time this month. 14-year-old Tipton Lamar Jones was picked up by LPD and turned over to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Concord, NC where he will be held under a secure custody order.
On September 4 the juvenile ran away but was picked up on September 14 on a secure custody order. He was placed in the Juvenile Detention Center in Concord before being released to DSS and placed in the foster home in Denver. He was scheduled to appear in juvenile court on September 26 but fled the Denver foster home three days earlier.
The Lincolnton Driver License Office will temporarily close for equipment installation and renovations on Thursday, October 6. It is scheduled to re-open on Monday, October 10, at 8 a.m.
The Lincolnton office, located at 1450 North Aspen Street, is one of 25 driver license offices across the state to undergo a new office design that will include the installation of new cubicles and ergonomic bench seating to increase customer comfort, as well as informational posters. The office floor will be refurbished, and walls will be removed to allow additional space for customers. Workers will also install a greeter desk and a new testing unit.
As part of the second phase of state DMV office upgrades, renovations will be completed in 50 of the state’s 113 driver license offices by the end of November. DMV now offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and click “Online Services” to see if their driver license needs can be met online.
During the Lincolnton closure, customers who need in-office services can visit other offices located in the region and are encouraged to call them to make an appointment: Newton – 1033 Smyre Farm Rd., (828) 466-5516. Mount Holly – 785 W. Charlotte Ave., Unit 2, (704) 827-9486. Shelby – US 74 Bypass, 1914 E. Dixon Blvd., (704) 480-5498.
46-year-old Marcus Ray Story of Line Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee. Story was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday (October 3), however the location and time of the meeting have changed.
Commissioners will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of the Catawba County Government Center at 100A Southwest Boulevard in Newton. A strategic planning work session will precede the board's regular agenda.
Among the items on the regular agenda is the presentation of a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week. In addition, in Departmental Reports, the expansion of one-stop voting to 17 days will be discussed. That presentation will be made by Board of Elections Director Amanda Duncan.
The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a break-in with larceny that occurred Monday morning (September 26) at 430 NW Woodsway Lane, a residence located beside Smith Memorial Church. The residence, which serves as the church parsonage, had been entered and numerous sound and electronic equipment along with other items had been removed from inside of the residence.
Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.