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Friday, 31 July 2015 11:09

Car Crash Leads to Meth Arrest

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47-year-old Franklin Dale Hare of 36th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at nine o’clock yesterday morning (July 30). Hare was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested following an accident on the 100 block of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory. A man and woman who were divorced from each other collided. Following the accident, the ex-husband, Franklin Dale Hare, walked around behind a nearby building and then returned to the accident scene.

Officers searched the area behind the building and found a box hidden there. In the box were 5.9 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hare was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

39-year-old Kevin Daniel Ingle of Lincolnton Highway in Newton was arrested today (Friday, July 31) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Ingle was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 3).

31-year-old Justin Wayne Hart of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at four o’clock yesterday afternoon (July 30) for felony failure to appear in court.

The charge comes in connection to an incident in July of 2013 when an employee at the CVS store on 2nd Street N.E. called Police and said two men were locked in the restroom using controlled substances.

Officers arrived and found the two men – Justin Hart and Joshua Tyler Bolden – in the restroom, where they also found drug paraphernalia. A search of the suspect’s vehicle turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine, six dosage units of Xanax, 0.4 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Hart turned himself in at Hickory Police headquarters and was released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

Bolden also faces charges for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a Superior Court date set for October 5.

Friday, 31 July 2015 10:34

Texas Teen Arrested in YMCA Vehicle Theft

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17-year-old Victoria Antonia Gallagher of San Antonio, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6:30 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of careless & reckless driving and no operator’s license.

She was arrested in connection to an incident Monday evening (July 27) at the Hickory YMCA on 1st Street N.W. (reported Wednesday on WHKY). The victim’s gym bag, which contained her car keys and other items, was stolen. The victim went outside and found that her vehicle was no longer in parking lot.

Yesterday, the victim recognized her vehicle as it was being driven by the suspect. The victim followed her vehicle and called Hickory Police. Officers responded and a brief chase ensued. The vehicle was stopped on the 1400 block of 6th Street Circle N.W. and Gallagher was taken into custody.

It’s not clear if the vehicle sustained any damage or if the contents of the victim’s gym bag were recovered.

Gallagher was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider accepting six grants, totaling almost $118,000 from varying sources, which have been received by the County Library and will be used to support 21st century learning skills and ensure equitable access to technologies that enrich and improve citizens’ digital literacy skills and career readiness; to complete system-wide installation of technology that improves inventory tracking, increases work efficiencies and allows staff to focus on improved personal service; to implement a film series, art, early literacy and discussion program to explore the history and experiences of Latinos; and to increase pre-school children’s access to early literacy programs, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 3 at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also consider a right-of-way encroachment agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to allow for the placement of improved signage at and near the Blackburn Landfill and Convenience Center. The Board will consider the financing of $570,000 to purchase new computer equipment, which was included in this year’s budget to replace aging equipment. It will consider a budget revision allocating $250,000 received from The Village at Sherrills Ford, LLC for the planned Mountain Creek Park project. And the Board will consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding amending the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to add the Town of Taylorsville and North Carolina Department of Transportation as members of the MPO and add the Town of Taylorsville and Western Piedmont Transit Authority for Board representation and voting purposes.

The Board will formally present National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards to the County Library for its “Early Literacy Outreach - Every Child Ready to Read” and Community Garden programs and to Catawba County Public Health for its Tobacco Free Initiative program working with municipalities across the county that adopted tobacco free campuses. The Board will also present an Honorable Mention in NACo’s Arts and Culture Award program to Catawba County Social Services for an Arts and Science for Seniors component that has been added to the Seniors Morning Out Program. And the Board will recognize the County’s Technology staff, which was recently recognized by the Center for Digital Government as the number one ranked county, among counties across the United States with a population of between 150,000 and 249,999 people, in the overall use of technology.    

Friday, 31 July 2015 05:08

Caldwell Teen Faces Stolen Vehicle Charge

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18-year-old Robert Calvin Coffey of U.S. 64 East in Morganton was arrested Thursday (July 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Coffey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in District Court Thursday (July 30).

22-year-old Kyon Montreal Huffman of 23rd Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (Friday, July 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged on bills of indictment with felony larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Huffman is also charged with failure to appear on counts of assault by strangulation, break or enter a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest, Huffman was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.

32-year-old Wesley Heath Ratcliff, 21-year-old Damian Robert Phillips, 20-year-old Nicholas Anthony Frazier, and 20-year-old Andrew Ronald Gehl, all of Concord, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. The four are each charged with seven felony counts of larceny and seven felony counts of possession of stolen goods. The four men are charged in connection with a four month long spree of battery thefts from cell site cabinets throughout the county.

The thefts of the deep cycle batteries from seven cell sites occurred between April and July of 2015. The batteries were taken to area scrap yards where they were sold. In excess of 33,000 pounds of batteries stolen from Lincoln and surrounding counties were located in area scrap yards.

While processing the batteries Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective J. Lopez was able to lift a fingerprint that came back to one of the four suspects who were already under arrest and being held in Cabarrus and Rowan County Detention Centers. Gaston County Police have assisted with matching and examining the fingerprints.   The investigation includes law enforcement agencies as far east as Fayetteville and is continuing. Lincoln County Detective F. L. Runyon is the local lead investigator.

The men are being held in jail on a number of charges brought by area counties. Gehl is being held under a $42,500 secured bond and Ratcliff is under a $49,700 secured bond. Both are in the Cabarrus County Jail. They’re both scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court August 5. Phillips is being held under a $49,700 secured bond and Frazier is under a $71,000 secured bond. Both are being held in the Rowan County Jail. They’re both scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court August 5.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the suspect responsible for a recent break-in. The Sheriff's Office responded to a residential breaking & entering that occurred around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29th. Investigation into the incident revealed surveillance video footage from a nearby residence that captured images of the suspect vehicle leaving the scene of the break-in. The vehicle is described as a silver-grey 2000 model Honda Accord with a sunroof.

The vehicle is also missing the entire front bumper and only has wheel covers on the passenger-side wheels. The vehicle was last seen driven by a black male and a 60 inch flat screen television was taken during the break-in. Anyone who has seen this vehicle or has information about the suspect is asked to call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111. Tips can also be called in anonymously to the Crime Stopper’s Tip Line at 828-632-8555. A reward may be offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

Friday, 31 July 2015 04:15

Woman Charged With Multiple Sex Offenses

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41-year-old Rebecca Lynn Bost of Lippard Farm Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to the sexual abuse of a child by a family member. The victim was seven years old at the time the abuse occurred in 2005. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant C. M. Benfield with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.  

The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and a forensic interview was completed. During the interview, the victim disclosed that while living in Western Iredell County in 2005, he was sexually abused by Rebecca Bost at her residence. The victim stated that the sexual abuse occurred in Iredell County as well as at an address inside the city of Statesville.

After interviewing witnesses and conducting further investigation, Detective Benfield obtained warrants against Bost on the two previously mentioned charges. Bost was served with the warrants and placed under a $100,000 secured bond. She was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under a total bond of $200,000, which includes charges from the Statesville Police Department. Bost has a District Court date set for August 5.

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