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26-year-old Darius Cash Collins III of Rustic Trail in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (August 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Thursday officers responded to a 911 hang up call at a residence in the 1300 block of Rustic Trail. While on the scene officers were unable to get anyone to the door of the residence so they checked around the outside for any signs of an emergency.

During the safety sweep deputies looked through the windows in an attempt to locate anyone inside who may be in danger or need assistance. While looking through a window of the home deputies spotted, in an open closet, what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation.

Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division were contacted and secured a search warrant for the residence. During the search investigators found five marijuana plants growing inside a closet in a bedroom. The plants ranged from seven inches to 11 inches tall and were growing in flower pots with the aid of lighting to help with the plants growth.

The plants were seized from the home. Collins was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. No court date had been listed for Collins.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a request by RB Solar LLC, to rezone approximately 54 acres of a 127 acre tract, located at 3682 North Oxford Street in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District, from R-30 Residential to R-80-CD Conditional District for a solar farm, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday (August 17) in the David L. Stewart Meeting Room of the Catawba County Agricultural Resources Center at 1175 South Brady Avenue in Newton. The meeting is not being held at it's normal location due to Soldier's Reunion Activities taking place around the 1924 Courthouse.  

The Board will also consider a request to appropriate existing fund balance to Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire-Rescue in the amount of $60,130. If approved, the department would use these funds to replace rescue equipment. And the Board will consider a resolution supporting the Stepping Up Initiative being led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), which calls for a national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails. The Board will consider a customized resolution that outlines Catawba County’s exiting long history of programs designed to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the County jail facility.

Friday, 14 August 2015 12:28

Missing Teen Found And Returned Home

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A 17 year old female reported missing on Thursday (August 13), has been located and returned home. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris said Marlee Griffith was returned to her residence. Griffith has run away from home several times in the past couple of months. The Lincoln County Department of Social Services has been notified.

29-year-old Matthew Edward Mullins of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 13) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

He was arrested without incident at H.P.D. headquarters and released about an hour later under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

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38-year-old Kelvin Lynn Bradley of Elizabethton, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (August 13) on a warrant issued in May of this year from Caldwell County for failure by a registered sex offender to report a change of address.

He is listed on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1999 out-of-state conviction for aiding & abetting. Bradley’s most recent registered address was on Fred Bentley Road in Granite Falls.

Bradley was taken into custody at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for August 31 in Lenoir.

33-year-old Robert Alan Hunter of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 last night on several outstanding warrants. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor injury to personal property and failure to appear on a charge of second-degree trespassing. Hunter also faces two felony probation violations and one count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

Police responded to complaints of drug activity at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers entered the apartment when Hunter came downstairs. Police allegedly found drug paraphernalia on his person; however, a Magistrate did not find probable cause and no charges were filed for the paraphernalia.

Hunter was arrested on the outstanding warrants and taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,500, secured. Appearances in Superior Court were scheduled for August 17 & 21, with District Court dates coming up on September 15 & 16.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in attempting to locate Andora Hedrick. Andora was last seen in the eastern part of Iredell County Thursday morning at approximately 10:40.

Andora is listed as a missing endangered person with a physical disability. Andora was last seen seen in a white KIA.

If you have any information or may know where Andora is you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or dial 911.

Friday, 14 August 2015 06:06

Suspects Sought In Business Break-in

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Investigators are seeking assistance in locating suspects in a break-in to a Statesville business.

On Thursday (August 13) 2015 at 3:51 a.m., two unknown suspects broke into Boost Mobile located at 709 Sullivan Road. The suspects broke out the front window of the business and removed a safe, containing an unknown amount of cash, along with cell phones. The suspects in the photos included with this story are wearing masks and left the area in a white, late model, two door vehicle.

The SPD Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident and anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect can contact the Investigations Division at 704-878-3515, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

41-year-old Beth Edith Beamer of Powder Loop In Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. The warrant is from South Carolina for unspecified charges. Following the arrest, Beamer was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 17).

38-year-old Kenneth Daniel Farr who is listed as a homeless person from Hudson, was arrested Thursday (August 13) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with breaking and or entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Farr was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 14).