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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
45-year-old John Mark Harrington of Neill Farm Road in Troutman was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violation of domestic violence protection order and violation of pretrial release conditions.
According to a news release issued today (Friday, November 13) on May 4, a victim was granted a Domestic Violence Protection Order against John Mark Harrington. The Order against Harrington instructed him not to have any contact with the victim. Prior to the victim taking out the Domestic Violence Protection Order Harrington had been arrested on April 24, 2014 for assault on a female for allegedly punching the victim in the eye.
Upon Harrington being released from the Iredell County Jail he was given Pretrial Release Conditions that prohibited him from having contact with the victim. In June of 2015 Harrington was arrested and taken back to jail for Violating the Domestic Violence Protection Order and Violating Pretrial Release Conditions by having contact with the victim.
Harrington’s court date was set for November 8. On November 7 Harrington called the victim in an attempt to work out a plea over the phone before the trial on the following day.
The victim made a report with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and the case was forwarded to Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell. Det. Harwell further investigated the incident and found Probable Cause that Harrington did violate the Domestic Violence Protective Order as well as Pretrial Release Conditions.
Detective Harwell obtained a warrant on Harrington for Violating the Domestic Violence Protection Order. On November 8 Deputy Colton Neil located Harrington and arrested him. Deputy Neil took Harrington before a Magistrate at the Iredell County Jail where Harrington was given a bond of $120,000. His next District Court date is January 11, 2016.
39-year-old Matthew Franklin Ward of Bradley Farm Road in Statesville was arrested November 2 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a dwelling for the sale of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued today (Friday, November 13), deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) responded to 295 Bradley Farm Road in Statesville. They responded to the home on November 2 after receiving information that Matthew Franklin Ward was selling marijuana.
Upon entering the residence, deputies detected the overwhelming odor of marijuana. During a search deputies found approximately 50 grams of marijuana, as well as multiple items of drug paraphernalia in Ward’s bedroom. Deputies then arrested Ward on the previously mentioned charges.
Ward was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $7,500 secured bond. He is a convicted felon and was already out on bond for charges including hit and run, driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving. Ward is scheduled to appear in District Court in Statesville December 7.
29-year-old Joseph Edward Shell was arrested Thursday (November 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Shell was placed in jail in Morganton. He’s being held under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, November 13).
28-year-old Andrew Lloyd Doalson was arrested Thursday (November 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Doalson was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, November 13).
30-year-old Buck Harrison Soots of Welch Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (November 12) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Soots was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 16).
49-year-old Bobby Eugene Ellis of Rescue Drive in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (November 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault by strangulation, misdemeanor communicating threats, and driving while license revoked. Ellis was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $48,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for December 14.