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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:03

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Robbery Charge

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26-year-old Nadja Brittany Rhinehardt of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 yesterday morning (February 1) on one felony count of common law robbery.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 31 at the A&W Mini-Mart on North Center Street. Rhinehardt allegedly struck a male victim as she attempted to take a jacket and other items from him. Rhinehardt had reportedly been in a relationship with the victim.

Rhinehardt was taken into custody the next day without incident at her residence. She was processed at Hickory Police headquarters and released about an hour later under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

For the twenty-seventh consecutive year, Catawba County’s Budget Office has been recognized by its peers for producing a budget document which is easy to read and understand.

The County Budget Office has won the 2015 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This award recognized the County’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget. Staff from the Budget Office were formally recognized by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Monday (February 1).

Only 1400 local governments across the United States received the award this year. The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit professional association serving more than 17,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.

The award is presented to governmental units which, according to the GFOA, "reflect the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting." In order to receive the award, Catawba County’s Budget Office had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a government's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four of these categories to receive the award.

Catawba County's annual budget is created through a year-long planning process involving department heads, the Budget Staff, County Manager Tom Lundy and the Board of Commissioners.

34-year-old Tiffany Pennell Lackey of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony breaking and or entering. In addition, Lackey was charged on a bill of indictment with uttering a forged instrument. Lackey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $205,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 2).

Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek suspects on the Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.

49-year-old Cletus Delon Stamey is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office on a count of probation violation for prior felony convictions. Stamey is also wanted in McDowell County on the same charge. Stamey's last known address was 4057 River Road in Morganton.

43-year-old Eric Sherard Jones is still being sought by the Burke County Sheriff's Office. He's wanted for felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Jones' last known address was 2464 US 70 in Morganton.

32-year-old Brandon Lee Woody is wanted on felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Woody's last address is not known.

You can see the entire list of most wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects being sought in Burke County call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. To make an anonymous tip you can contact Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.

A missing child in Iredell County was found in a pond late Monday night (February 1).

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was called to respond regarding a missing child at 5:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies responded and attempted to locate the missing four-year-old who had last been seen out playing in the yard on his electric power wheels jeep. The jeep was found in a pond on the property at 123 Craftsman Loop in southern Iredell County.  
    
Numerous agencies and departments were called to assist in locating the child during the investigation. Over 100 members of the community responded to the scene to assist in the ground search operation which was led by Iredell Search and Rescue.  Air support was brought in from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.  Several area Fire Departments participated in the diving operation which eventually led to the discovery of the child’s body around 11:40 p.m.
   
The child’s name is Cullen Anthony Lintzenich of 123 Craftsman Loop. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell has asked the community to respect the family's privacy. The investigation into this incident is continuing.

27-year-old Joshua Paul Yount of 13th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (February 1) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Long View Police Department. He’s charged by Long View Police with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office charged Yount with reckless driving with wanton disregard and fail to report accident. He was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 2).

24-year-old Cody William Herman of Dillon Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking opium or heroin. Following the arrest, Herman was detained this morning (Tuesday, February 2) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. No court date was listed as of this morning.

The Burke County Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against 19-year-old Justin Nojan Sullivan today (Monday February 1) in connection with the December 2014 death of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark.

Clark’s body was found in a shallow grave near his home on his property at 5576 Rose Carswell Road in Morganton on Dec. 18, 2014, after officers from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate him at his residence during a welfare check.

Officers went to Clark’s home and found the door to his residence unlocked. They also found what appeared to be a blood trail and drag marks coming out of the house. A more thorough search of the property led to the discovery of Clark’s body buried in the yard.

His apparent cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the head from a small-caliber firearm. Continued investigation of the case led to 19-year-old Sullivan, who also lived on Rose Carswell Road with his parents.  

Sullivan, a self-proclaimed Islamic convert, also faces federal charges. The federal charges allege that he attempted to provide material aid to the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He was arrested on those federal charges on June 19, 2015.

Sullivan is being housed at the Buncombe County Detention Center in Asheville on the federal charges without bond.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the murder case with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Monday, 01 February 2016 14:07

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Assault Charge

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30-year-old Janathan Troy Farley of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 Saturday night (January 30) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and one misdemeanor count of assault of a female.

Farley’s arrest came after the victim filed a report at H.P.D. headquarters regarding a domestic assault at the suspect’s residence.  The incident allegedly occurred on January 27.

Police took Farley into custody without incident at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for February 24 in Newton.

Monday, 01 February 2016 14:00

Vale Man Arrested on Felony Fugitive Warrant

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39-year-old Jonathan Shawn Nixon of Phelps Road in Vale has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also arrested on a warrant dating back to last year for failure to appear on a communicating threats charge.

The fugitive warrant originated in Elkhart County, Indiana, where he faces charges for burglary and a parole violation.

Nixon was jailed yesterday (January 31) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance on the fugitive warrant today with another District Court date coming up on February 9.