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Monday, 16 November 2015 05:28

Suspect In Kohl's Robbery Arrested

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41-year-old Samuel Bryant Underwood of 6th Street Court in Hickory was arrested Friday (November 13) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

Underwood was wanted in connection with the armed robbery at Kohl’s on Catawba Valley Boulevard on November 5. Underwood allegedly stole a Sony Bluetooth Speaker and UNC ball cap from the store and pulled a gun on a loss prevention officer when the officer tried to stop him from leaving the store.

Following the arrest, Underwood was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $51,500 bond. A District Court appearance on the robbery charge was scheduled for today (Monday, November 16).

57-year-old Alex Forrest Moore of Lithia Inn Road and 33-year-old David Nathaniel Neal of Highland Bluff Court, both from Lincolnton, were both arrested Friday (November 13) by Lincolnton Police Officers. Moore is charged with Possession With Intent To Sell And Deliver Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substance, Felony Probation Violation, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Neal is charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Probation Violation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Misdemeanor Larceny.

On Friday at approximately 10 a.m., members of the Lincolnton Police Department’s Narcotics Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Patrol Division, along with Probation and Parole Officers conducted a search of a residence at 714 Lithia Inn Road in Lincolnton. The search was a coordinated effort by both agencies after receiving several citizen complaints involving the residence and its occupant, Alex Forrest Moore. Moore is currently on probation and is subject to warrantless searches.

Upon conducting the search, officers found various amounts of methamphetamine packaged to sell and deliver, scales, baggies, and other paraphernalia that shows evidence of selling and delivering. All of these items were seized as evidence.

Also at the residence was David Nathaniel Neal who was also on probation. Neal had an active warrant for his arrest for misdemeanor larceny. Neal’s person and property were searched and an additional amount of methamphetamine was found and seized as evidence. Both men were arrested following the searches.

Both suspects were not eligible to receive bond for the charges due to the charges of probation violation. They were both going to be eligible for a bond today (Monday, November 16) when they appear in front of a Lincoln County District Court Judge.

Monday, 16 November 2015 04:49

Couple Arrested On Drug And Child Abuse Charges

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27-year-old Joshua Paul Bowman and 27-year-old Shelly Renee Bowman, Both of the same Hares Drive, Lincolnton address, were both arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. Joshua Bowman is charged with Trafficking in Ecstasy, Simple Possession of Oxycodone, Misdemeanor Child Abuse, Concealment of Goods, and First Degree Trespassing. Shelly Bowman is charged with Misdemeanor Child Abuse, Misdemeanor Larceny, and First Degree Trespassing.  

On Saturday (November 14) at approximately 7:15 p.m., patrol officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to Wal-Mart at 306 North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton, for a shoplifting in progress call. Upon arrival, officers coordinated with Wal-Mart loss prevention personnel and located a white male and white female along with the couple’s small child. The couple were concealing merchandise in the child’s diaper bag. Officers, upon locating the couple, arrested them and located and retrieved the stolen merchandise. The couple was identified as Joshua Paul Bowman and Shelly Renee Bowman.

Upon searching the offenders, officers located 111 dosage units of MDMA/MDA, better known as “ecstasy” and three dosage units of Oxycodone in the possession of Joshua Paul Bowman. The narcotics were seized as evidence and field tested. Additionally, Joshua Bowman had a knife and a razor blade in his possession. These items were also seized.

Officers transported both suspects to the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office for processing. Joshua Bowman received a $30,000 secured bond and was placed in the Lincoln County Jail. His first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Monday, November 16). Shelly Bowman received a $5,000 secured bond and has her first court date on December 18 in Lincoln County District Court. The child was turned over to a relative.

A fundraiser to benefit local foster children will be held at Crescent Moon in downtown Hickory on December 5 from noon until 8 p.m. Several local breweries have donated craft beers for the event, which is entitled “Wish Upon the Moon.” Those in attendance may also bid on items from area merchants at a silent auction.

Crescent Moon is located at 256 1st Avenue N.W. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Catawba Valley Guardian ad Litem Association. All donations are tax deductible. Additional donations may be made through cvgal.org/donate.

The Catawba Valley Guardian ad Litem Association seeks to provide trained, independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in the state court system and to work towards a plan that ensures that those children are in a safe permanent home.

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:45

Woman Arrested In Burke County On Meth Charge

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21-year-old Cherish Elizabeth Gilliland was arrested Thursday (November 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Gilliland was jailed in Morganton under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, November 13).

41-year-old David Stephen Habdas of Old Pond Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one felony count of unlawfully obtaining a credit card. He was also charged by Lincolnton Police with two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

Habdas is accused of stealing his mother’s credit card and using it at several locations in Lincolnton. He allegedly used the card to obtain goods and services from Wal-Mart and the Hampton Inn on October 29 & 30.

He was charged by Detective Richard Calhoun and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $13,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 24.

On November 17, the Hickory Police Department will roll out a new program called the Law Enforcement Special Needs Registry. The program is designed to assist Officers during contacts with people in the community who have various disabilities, such as autism, schizophrenia, dementia, deafness or other mental and developmental disabilities.

The program is voluntary. It allows parents and caregivers or adults with special needs to give vital information, such as emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptors, known routines and other information pertinent to handling an emergency involving the registered individual.

Open enrollment will be held at Police headquarters on November 17 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participants interested in enrolling after that date should contact Chrystal Dieter to schedule an appointment. Call 828-261-2600 or email cdieter@hickorync.gov.

Friday, 13 November 2015 11:09

Man Charged With Stealing From Salvage Yard

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61-year-old Robert Michael Burton Sr. of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (November 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count apiece of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Burton is charged with stealing property from a salvage yard and selling the items to a recycling operation in Dallas. Deputies were dispatched to 869 Car Farm Road on Monday (November 9) after the owner discovered that someone had been stealing scrap metal from the property. The owner later discovered that someone was scrapping the type of metals stolen from his lot at Webb Metals in Dallas.

Detective Richard Calhoun, who was following up on the case, confirmed the suspect to be Robert Michael Burton. The Detective spotted tire tracks leading from the victim’s business, through a field, and directly to Mr. Burton’s backyard.

Burton turned himself in at the magistrate’s office on Thursday. He was processed and released on a $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friay, November 13). The investigation into the incident is continuing.

21-year-old Chandler Brad Harrison of Alf Hoover Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one felony count each of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, sale & delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property and sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while impaired, a safe movement violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday (November 12), the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit arrested a Vale man for selling drugs near West Lincoln High School. According to Detectives, the suspect sold hydroponic marijuana during school hours within feet of the school. Detectives observed a transaction and seized over an ounce of hydroponic marijuana shortly thereafter. The drugs were not sold at the school, nor were any students involved.

Information obtained during the seizure allowed Detectives to conduct another surveillance operation yesterday on Highway 321, near the Maiden Highway exit. Detectives spotted a vehicle similar to the one Harrison was driving during the transaction near the school. Detectives briefly followed the vehicle and then stopped it due to erratic driving. Detectives approached and noticed that Harrison appeared to be impaired. They searched the vehicle and seized a half-pound of hydroponic marijuana.

The marijuana seized was worth about $2,400, depending on how it is sold.

Harrison was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 13 November 2015 09:25

GKN Sinter Metals to Expand in Conover

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GKN Sinter Metals, LLC will expand in Catawba County. The company plans to create 55 new manufacturing jobs in the next five years and invest $19.8 million in Conover to expand its state-of-the art aluminum manufacturing facility.

GKN Sinter Metals is part of the GKN Powder Metallurgy division of GKN PLC. GKN PLC is a global engineering group with four operating divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems. GKN employs more than 55,000 people globally and operates in more than 30 countries.

GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading supplier of powder metal precision automotive and industrial components. The GKN Driveline division also operates multiple manufacturing facilities in North Carolina. The GKN family of companies employs more than 2,500 people in North Carolina, GKN’s largest workforce in any U.S. state.

Salaries for the new jobs vary by position, but the average annual salary of the new jobs will be $46,078.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $109,500.