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42-year-old Long Bina Nguyen of Sacramento, California was arrested Monday (February 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in marijuana by transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and a fugitive warrant for burglary from California.

On Monday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a Buick with Maryland tags on Interstate 77 South for traffic violations.  During the stop the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Long Bina Nguyen was acting nervous. He said he was traveling from California. A Patrol K-9 was utilized to conduct a walk around of the vehicle.

The dog indicated a positive alert for the presence of a narcotic. A hand search of the vehicle was conducted and in the car deputies located three large duffle bags and two large cardboard boxes. In these containers they saw several vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana.

Nguyen was taken into custody and after running his information through various data systems, it was determined he also had an outstanding Fugitive Warrant from California for burglary. He was taken to the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Office and the car was thoroughly searched. A total of 70 vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana were located weighing 90 pounds and having an estimated street value of $450,000.

Nguyen was placed in jail under $800,000 dollars secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court February 20.

31-year-old Amanda Dawn Krug of Flower House Loop in Troutman was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (February 7) on charges of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Krug on Bethesda Road, near Fieldcrest Drive.  Krug provided an expired driver’s license and displayed a fictitious registration plate on her vehicle.  Krug was found to have an extensive history with narcotics.  She is currently out on bond for felony narcotics charges.

A search of Krug’s car was conducted leading to the discovery of heroin, cocaine, Xanax, Suboxone and assorted drug paraphernalia.  The search also turned up more than $13,500 in cash.

Krug was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond.  She has District Court dates set for February 20 & 28, plus a Superior Court appearance coming up on March 6.

43-year-old Misty Nicole Rohr, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 9) for a felony probation violation. Rohr, also known as Misty Nicole Gragg, is on probation following an August 2015 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Rohr was taken into custody without incident at about 10 past midnight today at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. She has since been released. No bond amount or court date was listed.

26-year-old Lee Roy Lingerfelt III of Lenoir and 27-year-old Carrie Marie Adkins of Taylorsville were arrested today (Thursday, February 9) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers.
Both suspects are charged with felony possession of a firearm on school grounds and felony possession of a weapon with an altered serial number. Lingerfelt is also charged with driving with a revoked license.

The suspects are charged with being on Wittenburg Elementary School property during school hours. The weapon, a 32 caliber revolver, was located in the glove compartment of the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects were arrested on the scene and transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. Bond for each suspect was set at $10,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (February 13).

The Lenoir Police Department is looking for the suspect who stole a White 2013 Dodge Dart from the parking lot of Walmart last Friday, February 3. If you have any information on the suspect in this theft or you know anything about the location of the vehicle, call Detective Hartley at the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2140.

You can also provide information to Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You could be eligible for a cash reward if you provide information leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle and arrest of the suspect.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Hickory with their Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, recognizing the city’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  

The city has received the award for 22 years consecutively. To qualify for the award, the city must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.  Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The City of Hickory Budget Staff were recognized at this week's City Council meeting.

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:02

Man Arrested On Felony Drug And Weapon Charges

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25-year-old Ryan Joseph Guiterrez was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of buy, sell, or possess property with an altered serial number, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin, and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Guiterrez was arrested late Thursday afternoon on Hubbard Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $215,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9). 

19-year-old Quinton Payne Whitesides was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, continuing criminal enterprise, conspire to sell marijuana, and two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

Whitesides was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).

Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:30

Robbery Charge Filed Against Newton Man

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22-year-old Jiovany Isac Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Laguna was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, February 9) under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 10).

Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:15

Lenoir Man Arrested On Fugitive Warrant

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52-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. He's wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. Odom is also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear. Odom was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $57,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

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