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38-year-old Vanessa Lee Tudor of 19th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (March 29) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of heroin, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

She was arrested when Officers on patrol on the 1300 block of 19th Avenue N.E. stopped a suspicious 2014 Volkswagen Jetta in an area known for high drug activity. The Officers ran the tag number and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The vehicle stopped in the parking lot at the Lowe’s Foods gas station on 14th Avenue N.E. Tudor was the driver and the vehicle’s only occupant. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of two syringes of heroin in Tudor’s purse. Also found were $1,931 in cash, a pipe, a used syringe, 0.2 grams of amphetamine and 0.2 grams of heroin.

Tudor was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,650, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

28-year-old Melissa Yvonne Wilkinson of Spann Street in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday (March 28) on one felony count of larceny.

She is accused of stealing jewelry from a residence. Wilkinson was the girlfriend of the homeowner’s son and had access to the residence. The warrant for her arrest was issued on March 19.

She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for April 10 in Newton.

52-year-old Glenn Wayne Helms of Dalton Street in Cherryville has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office on charges of larceny, possession of stolen goods, conspiracy, eight counts of forgery, seven counts of uttering a forged instrument and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

He was arrested in connection to the theft of jewelry and checks. The victim, who lives on the 400 block of Buffalo Shoals Road and has a mobile home on Lake Norman, told Officers she had plumbers making repairs at her home and they discovered pawn tickets for jewelry. She checked the tickets, looked for the jewelry and discovered the items missing. She reported the incident on March 23.

The owner had allowed Glenn Wayne Helms to stay at the lake house in 2011, rent-free. In exchange, he was to care of her animal and make repairs on both residences while she was in a rest home.

The pawn tickets showed Helms’ name and another individual as the people who pawned the items, which were valued at almost $6,000. Between March 2011 and May 2011, eight checks taken from the victim were forged and cashed for a total of $1,655.

Helms was arrested Friday (March 27) and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (March 30).

The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are possible.

22-year-old Benjamin Scott Freeman of Kiwi Lane in Vale, 28-year-old Darrell Avond Bolin of South Hill Street in Gastonia, and 21-year-old Scandal Lynn Brewer of Wren Road in Gastonia were all arrested on warrants issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. All three suspects are charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and Conspiracy. Freeman is also charged with Larceny of a Firearm. Bolin was also served a fugitive warrant and failure to appear warrant. Brewer was also served with outstanding Probation Violation warrants The three are charged in connection with a February 6 break-in at a Lincoln County residence.

Deputies responded to the break-in when a friend of the victim pulled into the driveway at 1089 Shoal Road and noticed a suspicious vehicle occupied by one person parked beside the house. At that time two other males came from behind the house, jumped in the vehicle and it fled the scene. Stolen in the break-in were jewelry, a black powder firearm and a compound bow.

The victim’s home surveillance recorded the individuals and the vehicle as it fled the scene. Deputies contacted the Communications Center and an Attempt to Locate was given out for the car. On February 7, 2015 deputies stopped a vehicle fitting the description of the suspect vehicle on the Gastonia Highway. The vehicle had an expired license plate and which was registered to another vehicle. The car was towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot and the two occupants were questioned and released.

As the investigation continued Detective David Brooks developed information that the vehicle was used in the home break-in. An interview with several subjects led to the arrest of a Lincoln County man and two people from Gastonia. The jewelry was recovered from a Gastonia pawn shop while the firearm and compound bow has not been recovered.

Freeman was released on a $15,000 secured bond. He has a Gaston County District Court appearance scheduled for April 23. Bolin was incarcerated in the Gaston County Jail on a $215,000 secured bond, and was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (March 30). Brewer is being held Gaston County Jail on a $65,000 secured bond, a Lincoln County District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (March 31).

Monday, 30 March 2015 13:52

Shooting At Apartment Complex In Long View

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Long View Police are investigating a shooting incident earlier today (Monday, March 30). The incident occurred at Hilltop Apartments on 18th Street Place NW. Not many details have been released, there are published reports that state the victim was shot in the leg, and in the hand. At approximately 2:00 this afternoon a spokesperson at the Long View Police Department said more details would not be released until late afternoon.

31-year-old Cory Shawn Norman of Brocton Trail in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:15 last night on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. Those charges originated in Lincoln County. He was also charged by H.P.D. with misdemeanor assault on a female.

He was arrested at the Quality Plus gas station in Mountain View in response to reports of a domestic incident involving threats and an assault. According to Police, the victim is Norman’s girlfriend. Her injuries were minimal and did not require medical attention.

Norman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on the assault charge. Bond on the Lincoln County charges was set at $15,000, secured. He’ll appear in court on the B&E charges on April 1, with an April 29 District Court date in Hickory on the assault charge.

53-year-old Gabriel Echeverri Valencia of Jane Sowers Road in Statesville was arrested last Thursday (March 26) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

In a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Darren Campbell said that a report was filed with the Sheriff’s office in October 2014. The victim stated that when she was between the ages of 9 and 12, she was sexually assaulted by a family member, Gabriel Echeverri Valencia. The alleged offenses occurred between 1999-2003.

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit. Detective Dyson interviewed the victim as well as other witnesses. As a result of the investigation,Valencia was arrested and charged. He was incarcerated in the Iredell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 13.

23-year-old Shea Elise Fullard of 44th Avenue Drive in Hickory and 20-year-old Nathan Alexander Vasquez of Orlandos Way in Lenoir were both arrested Sunday (March 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers and Charged with murder.

Saturday at 8:34 p.m. deputies responded to 4875 Free Mason Road in Hudson where they found 34-year-old Marcus Alexander Devlin deceased in his residence from an apparent assault.  Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina SBI developed early leads in the case and used evidence located at multiple scenes to connect Vasquez and Fullard to Devlin’s death. 

Vasquez, along with his attorney, turned himself in to investigators at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Sunday evening after learning he was wanted for Murder. Fullard was taken into custody at her residence in Catawba County with the assistance of Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of death is not being released at this time while an autopsy is being performed and a motive is not being released as the investigation is still ongoing.

Fullard and Vasquez were both incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. Both were scheduled to make first court appearances today.

Hickory firefighters will be conducting a live burn exercise today (Monday, March 30), which consists of them burning a house. The training exercise will be held at 2119 5th Street NE (beside Huntington Hills Church of God) and will allow firefighters from Hickory and the Western Piedmont Fire Academy to practice their skills.

The drill offered through Catawba Valley Community College was scheduled to start around 8:30 a.m. and should be concluded by 5:00 p.m. For safety purposes, 5th Street NE will be shut down from 21st Avenue NE to 22nd Avenue NE. Please use 6th Street NE as the detour around the closed section of 5th Street NE.

21-year-old Tomas Juan Miguel of Mull Street in Morganton was arrested Sunday (March 29) in Catawba County on Charges from Burke County. Miguel is charged with two counts of felony serious injury by vehicle on Burke County warrants. Following the arrest, Miguel was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 10.

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