19-year-old Devan Lane Black was arrested last Thursday (June 30) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of statutory rape of a child and one count of statutory sex offense with a child.
On June 24 a sexual assault on a juvenile was reported to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office by the victim’s family. The case was assigned to Detective Sgt. Jason Lowrance of the Special Victim’s Unit. The victim was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Iredell County.
It was learned that the victim knew the suspect, Devan Black through Facebook. Detective Sgt. Lowrance was able to locate and interview witnesses and collect evidence connected to the sexual assault.
Following his arrest, Black was placed in jail under $300,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 20. At the time of the arrest Black had several cases pending in court in Iredell County ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to traffic offenses.
According to a news release issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Justice, North Carolinians who purchased Volkswagen diesel vehicles equipped with illegal devices to cheat emissions tests will share in $10 billion in relief.
Under a settlement negotiated by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, 42 other state attorneys general and the federal government, consumers who own a Volkswagen with the illegal equipment will get $10 billion in restitution in the form of cash awards and the choice to sell their vehicles back or have them repaired if the company finds a suitable fix.
All affected consumers will be eligible for at least $5,100 each. If all affected cars purchased in North Carolina remain in the state and eligible, consumers here would get approximately $90 million in cash back from Volkswagen through the settlement, in addition to the other relief. The settlement also means at least $17 million to North Carolina in civil penalties, which by law will go to the public schools.
In September 2015, Cooper and other state attorneys general launched an investigation into allegations that Volkswagen had altered software on its cars to produce false results on vehicle emissions tests. The investigation found that the company sold more than 570,000 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles equipped with the “defeat device” software nationwide. Consumers purchased 17,750 affected vehicles in North Carolina. Volkswagen misled consumers by marketing the vehicles as environmentally friendly and misrepresented the cars as complying with federal and state emissions standards, despite knowing that they emitted far more oxides of nitrogen (NOx) than the legal limit.
Volkswagen will provide restitution to more than 475,000 consumers who own or lease certain 2.0-liter diesel Volkswagen and Audi vehicles of model years 2009 through 2015. For more information on this settlement and for the complete list of cars included appears go to the website www.ncdoj.gov. North Carolina consumers who own an affected vehicle or have questions about the settlement can contact the Consumer Protection Division through that website or by phone toll-free within the state at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
A reported hit and run that resulted in a fatality is under investigation in Statesville.
On Monday (July 4) at 5:45 a.m., Officers responded to a report of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Garner Bagnal Boulevard and Buffalo Shoals Road. Upon arrival, Officers found a Blue in color Chevrolet Cavalier off of the roadway against the utility pole guide wires at the southwest corner of Garner Bagnal Boulevard and Buffalo Shoals Road. The driver was still in the vehicle and EMS was called to the scene. A short time after EMS arrived on scene, they pronounced the driver of the Chevrolet Cavalier dead.
The deceased has been identified as 43-year-old Reynaldo Carbajal Hernandez of Statesville. The second vehicle involved was a 2016 Toyota 4 door passenger car with a Maryland tag. It was off the right side of the roadway further South on Buffalo Shoals Road. It was discovered this was a rental vehicle through Enterprise Rental Car. The driver of this vehicle fled the scene on foot.
Traffic Investigators along with Criminal Investigators responded to the scene. It was determined the Blue Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling West on Garner Bagnal Blvd and the Gray Toyota was traveling South on Buffalo Shoals Road. The two collided in the intersection with the Gray Toyota striking the Blue Chevrolet in the passenger side at a high rate of speed. This incident is still under investigation.
36-year-old Desmond O'Neil Thompson of Iredell County was arrested Monday (July 4) by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with murder.
On Sunday afternoon (July 3) shortly after 1:30, Statesville Police Officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 1200 block of Wilson Lee Blvd. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim inside the residence, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was shot during an argument, and the suspect fled the scene on foot.
Iredell County EMS responded to the scene. The victim, 51-year-old Anthony Eugene Harper of Statesville was transported directly to a medical facility in Winston Salem for treatment. He died from his injuries later in the day.
On Monday at about 1:30 p.m., The Statesville Police Department received a tip on the possible whereabouts of the suspect, Desmond Thompson. Officers responded to Windrush Apartments on Signal Hill Drive Extension acting on the tip. Officers located the suspect in an apartment at the complex. Thompson was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, July 5).
We have more information on recent arrests made during an initiative in Burke County entitled "Summer Campaign To Serve Warrants." In light of the normal rise of crime during the summer months, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is aggressively serving warrants within the county. 45 warrants were served on 30 people within a three day span late in June. The Sheriff's Office issued a news release over the weekend listing more suspects arrested as part of this campaign.
28-year-old John William Dunn of Highridge Drive in Morganton was arrested and charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Dunn was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 11.
33-year-old Amber Nicole Briere of Rainhill Church Road in Morganton was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Briere was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for August 1.
People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to www.tipsoft.com and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.
The District Attorney's Office has issued a news release requesting the public's help in locating the person or people responsible for recent bomb threats in counties in the 25th District.
The news release states that law enforcement agencies throughout Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties have pooled their resources to offer a substantial cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the recent string of bomb threats in the area. Local, state and federal authorities are investigating.
If you have information pertaining to these bomb threats, please contact Burke County Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333, Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
36-year-old Christopher Allen Bost of Celeste Eufola Road in Statesville was arrested this morning (Tuesday, July 5) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, felony probation violation out of county, resisting a public officer, and nine counts of failure to appear. Bost was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,500 bond. He was scheduled to make Superior and District Court appearances today.
43-year-old Lennon Matthew Lineberger of East E Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (July 3) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with attempted first degree murder, six felony counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and two misdemeanor counts of injury to real property. Lineberger was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, July 5).
41-year-old Gary Lamont Parker of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on felony charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny.
He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred at 5:30 a.m. yesterday (June 30) on the 1100 block of Wilson Lee Boulevard in Statesville. Parker allegedly stole a battery from the victim’s vehicle and the victim recognized the suspect as an acquaintance. Officers found Parker at 4th Street and Raleigh Avenue where he was positively identified and arrested.
Parker was given a $3,500 secured bond. A court date was set for July 12.
Statesville Police are currently investigating another incident in which seven car batteries were stolen from Williams Car Care on Shelton Avenue. Investigators will work to determine if there is any connection to Parker’s case.
32-year-old Willie Lerece Gresham of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (June 30) on a charge of first-degree burglary.
He was charged in connection to an incident at 10:50 last night on the 200 block of North Kelly Street. A resident awoke to find a male crawling on his hands and knees towards the victim’s bed. The suspect got up and fled after he was spotted by the victim, leaving his shoes behind.
Officers found the suspect at Kelly Street and West End Avenue. He was positively identified as Willie Gresham and taken into custody. Gresham was given a $50,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
Statesville Police are currently investigating a rash of burglaries on North Kelly Street that have taken place in the last several weeks. Investigators are working to determine if Gresham is connected to those incidents.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be increasing their presence on the roadways during the holiday weekend. According to the American Automobile Association, it is estimated that 43 million people will travel during the Independence Day holiday period; the highest Fourth of July travel on record. The holiday period is defined as Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4.
As a friendly reminder, the Highway Patrol is advising motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. Motorists who slow down and travel at posted speeds will not only increase their chances of arriving at their destination safely but will also conserve fuel.
Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 12 fatal collisions and 288 injury collisions during the July 4th holiday period. This included 4 fatal collisions and 38 injury collisions due to impaired driving.
Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws. There will be an increased presence of troopers on the interstates, major four lane highways and rural paved roads across North Carolina.
With many celebrations across the state, drivers should make sure they are designating a sober driver. The Patrol would also like to remind motorists to wear their seatbelts and use the correctly fitted child safety seats, as they are the best defense should you be involved in a crash.
In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, troopers will also target aggressive drivers who tend to cause the most crashes. The aggressive driver has been identified as those drivers who flagrantly violate the motor vehicle laws, including but not limited to: excessive speeding, following too closely, erratic lane changes, safe movement violations, texting while driving and other forms of reckless endangerment.
Citizens may report crashes, drunk drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) on their cellular phones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller with the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.
53-year-old James Thomas Peek of Hartland Trail in Morganton was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Peek was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday.
32-year-old Randall Chad Perkins of 16th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Perkins was initially arrested on December 15, 2015. On that date, officers saw a suspicious vehicle on 16th Street NE near a storage building. The officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana and received consent to search the vehicle.
During the search, officers found a stainless steel container containing one gram each of methamphetamine and marijuana. Following yesterday's arrest, Perkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 1).
27-year-old Britney Morgan Lingerfelt of Houser Farm Road in Vale was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lingerfelt is charged with breaking into her mother’s home and stealing several items. A Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the 7400 block of Houser Farm Road in Vale on Wednesday (June 29) to investigate the reported theft of items from the property. The victim told the deputy that she learned about the stolen items after a weed eater that had been stolen was returned to her.
The victim allowed her daughter to live in a home that she owns and the victim along with the deputy went to that location to see if they could locate the additional property. The daughter was not at home but the victim could see a pair of tree pruners when she looked through a window from the outside.
Officers returned to the residence later that day. Inside the residence officers found multiple stolen items in various parts of the house along with items of drug paraphernalia. All of the recovered stolen items which included tools, electric power equipment, yard work equipment and other parts were returned to the owner. The drug paraphernalia, which included scales, a glass pipe, and needles were turned over to narcotics investigators.
Lingerfeld was placed in jail under $13,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for Lincoln County District Court today (Friday, July 1).
32-year-old Kelly Peterson of East NC Highway 150 in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Peterson is charged with breaking into her elderly neighbor’s home in the 3400 block of Highway 150 East. On June 20, deputies were dispatched to meet with the victim’s daughter when she discovered a window had been broken out of the residence and a television and money from a change jar had been stolen. The break-in occurred sometime between June 12 and June 20.
During the investigation Detective Richard Calhoun developed information that led him to Kelly Peterson. On June 12 the victim allowed Peterson and her boyfriend to come into her house to charge their cell phones and wash clothes.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, during an interview on June 29, Peterson confessed to breaking into the victim’s home and stealing items from inside the residence. Following the arrest, Peterson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Friday, July 1).
The television stolen in the break-in was recovered and will be returned to the owner. Investigation into the incident is continuing.
Unemployment rates decreased across the Greater Hickory Metro and across most of the state of North Carolina, according to the latest report. Statistics for the month of May were released this week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The unemployment rate for Catawba County dropped to 4.5 percent from 4.7 in the April report. Alexander County's jobless rate fell to 4.1 percent from 4.3 percent. Burke County's rate also tumbled two-tenths of a percent, from 4.9 to 4.7. Caldwell County saw it's unemployment rate land at 5 percent even in May, falling from 5.3 percent in April.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, that's down from 4.8 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the seventh lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state. Asheville has the lowest MSA unemployment rate at 3.7 percent and Rocky Mount has the highest at 6.9 percent.
Unemployment rates decreased in 98 of North Carolina's 100 counties. The lowest unemployment rate is in Buncombe County at 3.5 percent and Scotland County has the highest jobless rate at 8.6 percent. The statewide unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, down from 5 percent in April.
Outgoing Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins was honored Thursday afternoon (June 30) during a retirement celebration at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Speakers honored the retiring chief during the ceremony, which was attended by representatives of various agencies from Hickory and surrounding communities.
Adkins was appointed by City Manager Mick Berry as City of Hickory's Chief of Police on August 1, 2007 after 20 years of experience with the Hickory Police Department (HPD). He began his career with HPD in September of 1987 as a patrol officer. He was promoted through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Police, Acting Chief of Police, and finally, Chief of Police in 2007.
Thurman Whisnant officially takes over as the new City of Hickory Chief of Police today (Friday, July 1).
A human trafficking charge has been filed against a man arrested in Burke County. 23-year-old Pasqual Mendez is charged with human trafficking of a child victim and transporting a child out of state in violation of a custody order. According to records posted on the Morganton Department of Public Safety website, Mendez was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was placed in jail in Morganton under one-million dollars secured bond on the trafficking charge, and $5,000 secured bond on the transporting charge. According to records online at the Public Safety website, Mendez was scheduled to make a court appearance today (Thursday, June 30).
Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 54-year-old Robin Renea Schell of Buffalo Shoals Road.
Schell is wanted in connection to an incident in January of this year when a man from Pear Tree Road in Troutman reported a firearm stolen from his residence. The victim said there did not appear to be any forced entry into his residence; however, he was unable to find his 9mm handgun. The stolen firearm was entered into a national database.
In March, the stolen gun was found in the possession of a known illegal narcotics user and dealer in the county. The gun was seized as Narcotics Detectives continued their investigation into the illegal sales of drugs. On June 2, Detectives made an arrest in the narcotics case. During an interview with the defendant, Detectives learned that the suspect had traded less than a gram of heroin for the stolen 9mm handgun. The other party involved in that trade was Robin Renea Schell.
In the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Schell had recently been in the Pear Tree Road residence. They also found that Schell was a convicted felon, with convictions dating back to 1980 in Texas on a robbery charge.
Warrants for Schell’s arrest were issued on one count each of larceny of a firearm and possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Authorities believe Schell may be in Texas. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
59-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, auto larceny, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Sanders was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 30).