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A man apprehended following a reported domestic incident in Catawba County Thursday (September 19) was jailed in Lincoln County. 48-year-old Luis Angel Vidal was taken into custody by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.

At 1:36 a.m. Thursday Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a hostage situation stemming from a domestic disturbance at a residence on Bolton Road in the Catawba community. As this incident unfolded deputies learned that information relating to someone being held hostage was unfounded.

During this time one of the parties involved in the dispute, Luis Angel Vidal was reported by a neighboring resident to be inside their home. This resident reported that Vidal was armed and threatening to harm law enforcement. It was established that Vidal was also wanted on outstanding felony warrants out of Lincoln County and New York. Attempts at the time to make contact with Vidal in hopes of seeking his surrender were unsuccessful.

Catawba County's multiagency Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team apprehended Vidal without further incident at 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Records on file in Lincoln County show that Vidal was being held in jail on charges of identity theft, trafficking in stolen identities, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He's also charged as a fugitive from justice. Bond was listed at $10,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 20).

33-year-old Ryan Chrishane Johnson of East Commons Drive and 22-year-old Isiah Rashon Ervin of Crescent Woods Drive, both from Morganton, were arrested Wednesday (September 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. They're each charged with eight felony counts of breaking and entering to a place of worship and three felony counts of breaking and entering.

According to information released Thursday (September 19) by Morganton Public Safety, Investigators served a search warrant on Ryan Johnson’s residence and reportedly found several items that belonged to victims in recent break-ins. Public Safety says that collectively, Johnson and Ervin were involved in eight break-ins to houses of worship and three break-ins to other businesses in Morganton.

Public Safety Investigators will be issuing indictments containing additional charges against Johnson and Ervin. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office also reportedly has warrants against the suspects and is expected to be charging them with additional counts.

Johnson received a total bond of $110,000 secured. Ervin was jailed under $55,000 secured bond. Both suspects remained in custody as of earlier today (September 20) and they were both scheduled to appear in District Court today.

39-year-old Jeremy John Howard of the Robeson County town of Orrum, NC, was arrested Thursday by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony habitual larceny, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and non-support of a child. Howard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $14,400 bond. A District Court date is set for October 24.

Friday, 20 September 2019 04:39

Hickory Man Charged With Habitual Larceny

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54-year-old Randy Ussery of 2nd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony habitual larceny. In addition, Ussery is charged with failure to appear on counts of misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor probation violation out of county. Ussery was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,500 bond. No court date was listed.

20-year-old Barry MacMahan and 37-year-old Brian Maynor have both been charged with felony breaking & entering and attempted common law robbery. MacMahan is in custody while Maynor remains at large.

At about 10:31 this morning (September 19), Catawba Co. Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported break-in in progress at a residence on 37th Street Drive N.E. in the St. Stephens community. The occupant of the residence said he awakened to find two armed men inside his home. The occupant shot at the assailants, who fled from the residence.

Deputies soon learned that a person identified as Barry MacMahan was being treated at Frye Regional Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators determined that MacMahan and Maynor were the two suspects in the break-in. At last report, MacMahan remained in the hospital.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brian Maynor should call the Sheriff's Office at 828-464-3112.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 11:21

Man Arrested Following Reported Domestic Incident

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48-year-old Luis Angel Vidal was arrested today (September 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in connection to an early morning domestic incident in Catawba County.

At 1:36 a.m. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a hostage situation stemming from a domestic disturbance at a residence on Bolton Road in the Catawba community. As this incident unfolded deputies learned that information relating to someone being held hostage was unfounded.

During this time one of the parties involved in the dispute, Luis Angel Vidal was reported by a neighboring resident to be inside their home. This resident reported that Vidal was armed and threatening to harm law enforcement. It was established that Vidal was also wanted on outstanding felony warrants out of Lincoln County and New York. Attempts at the time to make contact with Vidal in hopes of seeking his surrender were unsuccessful.

Catawba County's multiagency Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team apprehended Vidal without further incident at 6:30 a.m. today. The specific charges and bond information had not been released.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 10:24

Iron Station Man Arrested after Shooting at Deputies

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77-year-old Norman Jefferson Nolen of Nolen Acres Lane in Iron Station has been arrested and charged with one count of felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 8:30 last night (September 18) when Lincoln County Deputies responded to a "shots fired" call. After speaking to the reporting party, the Deputies went to a residence on the 6,100 block of Nolen Acres Lane. After knocking on the front door, two Deputies reported shots fired from inside the home.

The Deputies retreated from the home and took cover as additional Officers arrived on the scene. Following a short standoff, Norman Jefferson Nolen was taken into custody. The Deputies were not injured.

After Detectives conducted multiple interviews with witnesses and processed the scene, Nolen was charged accordingly and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted in the case.

35-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell of Canova Forest Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon (September 18) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

On September 4, Hickory Police took a larceny report from Loss Prevention at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. The larceny occurred on September 2. The subject reportedly returned stolen merchandise for store credit. The suspect was identified as Vanessa Deann Powell. A warrant for her arrest was issued on September 16.

Powell was taken into custody without incident Wednesday at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

42-year-old Sarah Amador Prather of June Bug Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:35 yesterday afternoon (September 18) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prather was taken into custody without incident at the office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 05:22

Lenoir Woman Charged With Meth Possession

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30-year-old Brittany Sunette Elliott of Knight Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 17) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Elliott was given a custody release. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 4.

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