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Monday, 20 April 2015 14:09

Statesville Man Busted for Pot in Hickory

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23-year-old Stephon Lorenzo Willis of Kings Street in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:45 Saturday evening (April 18) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana greater than half an ounce but less than an ounce and a half.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory saw a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot. Officers approached and asked for I.D. When the Officers asked if there was any contraband in the vehicle, Willis said there was a bag containing marijuana in the center armrest. No marijuana was found there, but Police did find 26.5 grams of pot in the dashboard area.

Willis took responsibility for the marijuana. A second person in the vehicle was not charged.

Willis was taken into custody and later released on an $8,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on May 21 in Hickory. Willis also has Iredell County court dates on marijuana charges coming up on April 22 and May 6.

22-year-old Alexander Kenneth Bernard Renaud, with no listed address, was arrested Friday (April 17) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on multiple felony counts of larceny of a firearm. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Lenoir.

24-year-old Rebecca Alice Burson of Staunton, Virginia was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (April 17) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. Burson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 20) in Lenoir.

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:31

Newton Woman Jailed on Multiple Drug Charges

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23-year-old Samantha Danielle Kirkland of Lucky Lane in Newton was arrested at about eight o’clock last night (April 19) on two felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one felony count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Kirkland was arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. where a female was suspected of attempting to return stolen merchandise for a refund. Officers encountered Kirkland, who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.

A subsequent search led to the discovery of 0.6 grams of Ecstasy, 0.2 grams of methamphetamine, one dosage unit of Hydrocodone and one dosage unit of Clonazepam.

Kirkland was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

37-year-old Beecher Belve Robinson III of 17th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late Friday night (April 17) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

Robinson was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a hit & run with one person injured on the 1000 block of 15th Street N.E. in Hickory. The suspect, Beecher Robinson, allegedly hit a vehicle occupied by three people and also hit one person who had just exited the vehicle. That person was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center with obvious leg injuries.

According to a Police spokesperson, a dispute over $5 led to the assault.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $23,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (April 20) in Newton.

37-year-old Timothy Hal Edwards of Rainhill Church Road and 26-year-old Michael Lee “Mikey” Shuping of Wrighton Street, both from Morganton, were each charged yesterday (April 19) in connection to the death of 39-year-old Leslie Renee Hensley, who was from the Clark Loop area in Burke County.

Events leading to the charges against Edwards and Shuping unfolded at about 4:45 last Thursday afternoon (April 16) when Officers were called to perform a welfare check on Ms. Hensley. In conjunction with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s Office, Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers worked on the case through the night. Ms. Hensley’s body was found at about 6:30 a.m. Friday in Rutherford County, off the side of a rural dirt road.

The investigation has shown that Ms. Hensley was killed on Rainhill Church Road around midnight on Sunday, April 12. An autopsy was scheduled for today (April 20) at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Edwards and Shuping were both charged with murder. The two men were already in custody for probation violations. The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the S.B.I. have been working closely with the District Attorney’s Office. Information gathered during the investigation will be turned over to the D.A.’s office in the following weeks for grand jury indictments.

Both suspects are being held without bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Morganton.

One of the two roads closed last night (April 19) due to flooding in the Collettsville area of Caldwell County has re-opened.

The Brown Mountain Beach Road was re-opened this morning after being closed due to flooding through the night. John’s River Road remains closed at both entrances from Highway 90. According to Caldwell County Emergency Management, areas of Johns River Road have washed out. The worst damage is in the area around the 7th bridge.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is expecting all roads in the area for damage. There have been no injuries reported or homes threatened due to the flooding.

For more information, contact Caldwell County Public Information Officer LouAnne Kincaid at 828-759-7879 or lkincaid@caldwellcountync.org.

Monday, 20 April 2015 07:07

Ribbon Cutting Held at Moretz Mills

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A ribbon cutting was held Friday evening (April 17) in the Events Center at the Moretz Mills facility, 74 8th Street S.E. Hosted by John and Marilyn Moretz, the event featured Lifestyle Designer and former super-model Kathy Ireland.

The historic Moretz Mill is being renovated into 82,000 square feet of mixed-use professional space. Built around 1929 as the Whisnant Hosiery Mill, Moretz Mills acquired the property in 1992.

Spaces available range from individual offices to custom build-outs. Current tenants include a fitness center, a retirement planning group, a medical spa, an event space and a marketing company. A florist is coming to the new space soon.

67-year-old James Franklin Barnette and 44-year-old Robert Wayne McDaniel have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on drug charges. Barnette was charged with five counts of trafficking in opiates or heroin; one count of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance. McDaniel was charged with one count of trafficking in opiates or heroin.

Their arrests were the result of a surveillance and undercover operation into the sale and distribution of prescription medications in the Troutman area. The investigation began when authorities received information that Barnette was selling pills from his business in Troutman. Surveillance was started and numerous vehicles were observed stopping at the store and leaving shortly thereafter. Information was gathered and several purchases were made by undercover Deputies directly from the suspect over a two-month time frame.

A search warrant was executed last Thursday (April 16) at Barnette’s business. While searching the store, another person who was at the store, Robert Wayne McDaniel, was found to be in possession of numerous pills and over $600 in cash.

Barnette is currently on probation for two counts of attempted trafficking in opium or heroin in 2013. He was also charged in 1998 with possession with intent to sell marijuana and selling marijuana. He also has numerous charges and convictions for additional crimes in Iredell County.

Following their arrests, Barnette was jailed under a $350,000 secured bond, while McDaniel was given a $50,000 secured bond. Barnette will next appear in District Court on May 5. McDaniel’s next court date is set for May 8.

24-year-old Dusty Robert Boston of Jamestown Road in Morganton and 39-year-old Christy Lee Eanes of Atwood Drive in Lenoir have both been charged in connection to the shooting death of 15-year-old Kent Austin Taylor. The incident occurred on April 10. Today (April 17), Boston was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and Eanes was charged with one count of felony child abuse and four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

At 11:19 p.m. on April 10, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting that there was a shooting victim inside an apartment on Atwood Drive. The Lenoir Fire Department and Caldwell County E.M.S. pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

An investigation was conducted by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.

Following their arrests, Boston was given a $50,000 secured bond, while bond for Eanes was set at $100,000, secured. Both suspects will appear in District Court Monday (April 20) in Lenoir.

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