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Thursday, 08 October 2015 14:22

Two Drones Stolen from HobbyTown in Hickory

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Two camera drones were stolen from the HobbyTown store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory Tuesday (October 6). Two Blade Chroma drones were stolen. One was a Chroma HD valued at $1,050 and the other was a Chroma 4K valued at $1,200.

Store management says a woman and a possible male accomplice came into the store at about noon Tuesday to plan the crime and identify possible escape routes. The subjects spent time looking at and studying the drones. At 5 p.m., the woman returned. She grabbed the drones, ran out the door and jumped into a waiting car, which sped away.

Management is working with Hickory Police to catch and prosecute the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information should call 828-328-5551.

28-year-old Dustin Clark Lawhon of Brevard Street in Valdese was arrested today (Thursday, October 8) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Lawhon was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 9).

Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:03

Man Arrested On Breakin Charge In Burke County

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45-year-old Ricky Olin Abee was arrested Wednesday (October 7) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Abee was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for November 16.

37-year-old Alaca Spring Smith of Chatham Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:30 yesterday afternoon on felony counts of breaking & entering and attempted first-degree burglary, as well as misdemeanor counts of damage to real property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was arrested after she stepped in front of an H.P.D. patrol car in the parking lot at the A&W Mini-Mart on South Center Street in Hickory. Officers spoke to and identified the woman as Alaca Smith. They found that she had three outstanding warrants for her arrest. A search of her person turned up a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine.

Smith was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $61,000, secured. She will appear in District Court tomorrow on the outstanding warrants, with another court date on the paraphernalia charge scheduled for November 23.

28-year-old Roderick Brandon Lessard of Low Bridge Road in Iron Station was arrested Tuesday (October 6) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny.

On Sunday, August 16, a breaking and entering with larceny at dentist Dr. Robert T. Cloninger's office was reported to the Lincolnton Police Department. The office is located on Donitia Drive in Lincolnton. A news release from the Lincolnton Police Department says change was taken from the office in the break-in.

Roderick Brandon Lessard was developed as a suspect in the case. Detectives were able to locate video footage of Lessard attempting to cash in the coins at a local business on the same day of the breaking and entering. Warrants were then sworn out for Lessard for the felony charges.

Lessard turned himself in at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office on Tuesday night. Lessard was officially charged and his bond was set at $15,000 secured. He made his first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Wednesday (October 7).

The investigating officer in this case was Detective Dwayne McAllister and the arresting officer was Rick Hensley.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. S.B.I. are continuing to investigate the death of 22-year-old Cameron Anthony Smith, Jr. He died near his residence on Baily Road in Connelly Springs.

Sheriff’s Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at 5:41 Wednesday morning (October 7). Deputies found Mr. Smith deceased at his residence from what appeared to be a stab wound. A neighbor was detained for questioning.

The initial investigation indicated that an altercation occurred at a neighbor’s residence inside a work vehicle. Mr. Smith then walked back to his residence where he died.

As of this late Wednesday, the S.B.I. was still processing the vehicle and the work vehicle. Investigators were continuing to interview witnesses.

Investigators are working with the District Attorney’s Office, which will determine how the investigation will proceed.

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division at 828-764-9505 or 438-5500.

32-year-old James Nelson Fields of Oak Forest Drive in Morganton and 30-year-old Quentin Alexander Robinson of Arlington Circle in Lenoir were both arrested Wednesday (October 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and first degree burglary.

Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a reported armed robbery on Shuffler Road at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday.   According to witness statements two suspects forced entry into the residence armed with pistols. Once inside, one of the suspects forced a female victim to the floor and held a gun to her head, demanding money. Another victim attempted to escape, running into the wooded area. The suspects located the victim and robbed him of money as well.

Both suspects left the residence in a van. Burke County Emergency Communications Center (BCECC) dispatch quickly radioed out the suspect and vehicle description. The suspect vehicle was located on Bost Road and Morganton Public Safety officers, with the assistance of Burke County Sheriff's Deputies, conducted a felony vehicle stop. Both suspects were identified and matched the description provided by the victims and witnesses. Additional evidence, linking the suspects to the robbery, was located in the van and was found in the suspects’ possession.

Fields and Robinson were both placed in jail in Morganton, they were each confined under $100,000 secured bond. They had District Court appearances scheduled for today (Thursday, October 8).  

22-year-old Stephenson Eugene Clark of 17th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (October 7) by Claremont Police Officers. He’s charged with trafficking opium or heroin, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts apiece of possession of stolen goods or property, breaking and or entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Clark was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $43,500 bond. No court date was listed.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 04:57

Prison Sentence Imposed In Catawba County Meth Case

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A Catawba man will spend four to six years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of cocaine.

27-year-old Kevin Matthew Cook was sentenced by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, on Wednesday (October 7), to serve an active sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections after he entered a guilty plea to both charges in Catawba County Superior Court.

A traffic stop by Maiden Police Department on June 16, 2012, led to the charge for possession of cocaine, and Cook was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine in a metal building at a Maggie Street home in Catawba on December 5, 2013.

A report of a break-in at a nearby home on December 5 actually initiated the investigation that led to the discovery of the methamphetamine laboratory when the victim followed a vehicle that later was located on the property where the lab was found.

The property owner told investigators that the vehicle thought to be involved in the break-in was on her property, and she believed a metal building behind her home was being used to manufacture methamphetamine.

When investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter, they discovered numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine inside the building, and brought in narcotics investigators to assist with the case. A search of the building indicated that it was being used as a methamphetamine laboratory.

Cody Weiss, a co-defendant in the case, was sentenced in June 2015 to a prison term for his role in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Other co-defendants in the case are awaiting disposition of their cases related to Cook’s.

Scott Akins was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and received assistance from agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Wes Hawn handled prosecution of the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 04:47

NCSD Fundraising Golf Tournament Friday

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The primary fund raiser for the North Carolina School For the Deaf in Morganton is coming up. The 11th Annual NCSD Foundation Bears Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, October 9), at Silver Creek Plantation Golf Course in Morganton. The tournament was rescheduled for tomorrow due to last weekend’s rain.

The format is four-person team scramble, registration is from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The fee is $75 per player, lunch and dinner is provided along with welcome gifts and a silent auction. The tournament proceeds provide scholarships for college bound students and enhance the educational environment at NCSD through field trips, special events, and life skills programs. For information go to www.ncsdfoundation.org or //www.bearsclassictourney@ncsdfoundation.org/">www.bearsclassictourney@ncsdfoundation.org.

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