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71-year-old Alvis Clatis Coon of Helen Avenue in Bessemer City has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking in opiates by transportation, sale and possession and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

After identifying Coon as a possible supplier of prescription drugs in Lincoln County, Investigators were able to introduce an Undercover Officer to him. The Officer learned that Coon had been bringing large amounts of pills into the county.

On March 14, Investigators set up a buy & bust operation and seized approximately 200 prescription hydrocodone pain pills, $2,000 in cash and a 2007 Kia Optima belonging to the suspect.

Agents in Catawba County are also investigating an active case involving Coon.

Following his arrest, Coon was processed at the Lincoln County Detention Center and later released on a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on April 6.

The three Hickory schools were placed on a soft lockdown today. The soft lockdown went into effect at about ten o’clock this morning. Hickory Public Schools Public Information Officer Beverly Snowden said the lockdown was the result of a parents report of a runaway teenager who is enrolled as a student at Hickory High School. She said the lockdown was imposed as a precautionary measure and was not aware of any immediate threat to students or staff.

Authorities monitored doors and utilized security cameras at Hickory High School, Viewmont Elementary School and Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School.


Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:28

Lincolnton Woman Reported Missing

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Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 62-year-old Patricia Linn Loveless.

Ms. Loveless was last seen on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. She was reported missing at 6:22 the same evening.

Ms. Loveless is a white female; standing 5’2” tall and weighing 98 pounds. She has brown eyes and gray hair. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patricia Linn Loveless should contact the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900.

47-year-old Elliott Kyle Smith of Shearers Road in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.

Events leading to his arrest began just before 2 a.m. last Monday, March 9, when Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Mallard Head Country Club on Mallard Way in Mooresville. Officers found that a window had been pried open, allowing the suspect to crawl through. During the break-in, the suspect took cash and two cans of beer.

In April of 2014, Elliott Kyle Smith was arrested and convicted of breaking into the Mallard Head Country Club in the same manner. Investigating Officers learned that Smith was on post-release supervision in Iredell County. Smith’s Probation Officer told Investigators that Smith was subject to GPS monitoring. Iredell County Probation & Parole was then able to confirm that Smith was at the Mallard Head Country Club at the time of the break-in.

Smith was arrested at about 7:15 last Thursday evening. He was given a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for May 15.

Smith has previously been convicted for possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor common law forgery, breaking & entering a coin or currency machine and multiple counts of felony breaking & entering. At the time of his arrest, Smith was on post-release supervision after being paroled in December 22 following a felony B&E conviction in July 2014.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:51

Report: Skull Found In Burke County

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The Burke County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a skull found in the trout fishing location below the dam at Lake James, off Powerhouse Road in Morganton. According to published reports, Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant says the skull was found by hunters in the area. The report says the Burke County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a search throughout the day today (Tuesday, March 17) looking for the rest of the body. Authorities did not specify if foul play was suspected.

It’s almost time for the City of Hickory’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Hickory Elks Lodge, Hickory Jaycees, and Hickory Youth Council.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. for children ages 2 - 6 and 8:15 p.m. for children 7 – 12 years old (bring a flashlight). Both hunts will be held at the Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park, off I-40 Exit 121 at 5655 Sweet Bay Lane, Hickory.

Participants can expect over 25,000 stuffed eggs, special prizes, entertainment for all ages and the Easter Bunny. For more information visit www.HickoryNC.gov or contact Recreation Programmer Lauren Townson at (828) 324-1200 or ltownson@hickorync.gov.

60-year-old Annette Adams and 42-year-old John Wayne Gray Jr., both of the same Craver Avenue Salisbury address, were arrested Monday (March 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re both charged with felony conspire to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Adams is also charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and aid and abet DWI. Gray is also charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule IV controlled substance and DWI. Both suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. They each had District Court appearances scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 17).

47-year-old Judy Ann Lail of Brent Street in Hickory was arrested this morning (Tuesday, March 17) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with financial card theft, financial card fraud, and hit and run fail to stop with property damage. Following the arrest, Lail was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 14, a Superior Court date is set for April 20.

24-year-old Tiffany Bianca Branch of Chipley Ford Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Branch was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 10.

A road is being closed for the next three months starting Wednesday (March 18) in Burke County. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is closing Fish Hatchery Road tomorrow to begin a bridge replacement project, according to a news release from DOT. The bridge over Russell Creek was built in 1958, and is considered “functionally obsolete,” which means while it’s safe for traffic, it does need to be updated to meet current standards. In this case, the old bridge is being torn down and a new one is being constructed.

Workers will put a detour in place directing motorists to Pea Ridge Road, onto N.C. Highway 181, then back to Fish Hatchery Road. The bridge is expected to open to traffic in mid-June. A spokesman for DOT says drivers should expect a delay of 10 to 15 minutes.