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Friday, 16 September 2016 05:06

Runaway Teenager Found By Authorities

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Detectives have located a juvenile who ran away from DSS custody on September 4. DSS workers say 14-year-old Tipton Lamar Jones was last seen with his biological father, Travis Jones who lives on Highway 27 West. He was located Thursday afternoon (September 15) in western Lincoln County. The 14 year old was picked up on a secure custody order and transported to a Juvenile Detention Center in Concord. Juvenile Services officers will follow-up on the case.

35-year-old Franklin Raye Shell of Valdese will spend at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in opiates by possession and trafficking in opiates by transportation during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday ( September 14).

The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, issued a sentence of 18 to 23 years for Shell following his guilty plea. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

On May 18, 2015, Shell picked up 120 Oxycodone pills from a local pharmacy with a forged prescription, marking the eighth time he committed such an offense in a two-month period. He would use some of the pills himself and sell the others.

The case was investigated by Scott Lanning of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 17:32

Newton Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (September 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Howard was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,300 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on four felony probation violations; one local and three out-of-county. Smith is on probation for a June 2015 felony conviction in Alexander County on multiple counts of breaking & entering a house of worship and an August 2016 felony conviction in Catawba County for breaking & entering a house of worship and larceny.

Smith was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 19 in Newton.

A book-signing event will be held Saturday (September 17) for author Lucy Wilkes. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the 7th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival & Classic Car Cruise-In, 45 Rink Dam Road in Hickory.

Ms. Wilkes, a resident of Hudson, will be available to sign copies of her book, “Cackle, Packle, and Friends”. The book is intended for children from preschool to grade three. It was published by Tate Publishing in 2012.

For more information, call 405-310-1533 or email Michelle Whitman at

20-year-old Dustin Lamar “Bang-Bang” Bingham of Monk Avenue in Gastonia was arrested Monday (September 12) on charges of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, second-degree trespassing, no operators license and careless & reckless driving to endanger. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

At about 11:15 the previous night (September 11), patrol Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 100 block of Deaton Avenue. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to a female resident and her boyfriend, Dustin Bingham. Bingham did not live at the residence. The female resident asked Bingham to leave in front of the Officers. Bingham left and Officers cleared the scene.

At approximately 11:53 p.m., Officers received a second call to the same residence where Bingham was reportedly attempting to steal the female’s vehicle. While en route, Officers saw Bingham driving the stolen vehicle at a stoplight at North Generals Boulevard and East Main Street. Officer R.A. Carroll activated his blue lights and siren.

Bingham then fled, traveling eastbound on East Main Street towards U.S. Highway 321. Officer Carroll pursued Bingham onto Highway 321, southbound towards Gaston County. Gaston County Police took over as Bingham entered Gaston County. North Carolina State Highway Patrol also participated in the chase. The pursuit continued onto Interstate 85 until Bingham was successfully taken into custody.

Bingham was placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for Monday, September 19.

Bingham has prior felony and misdemeanor convictions on various charges in Cleveland County, Gaston County and Buncombe County. At the time of the incident, he was out on bond on felony charges in Gaston County for conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Bingham is currently on probation and is a validated gang member with Folk Nation, which is said to be an alliance of gangs.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 10:02

Lenoir Woman Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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46-year-old Tracy Lynn Kaylor of Chester Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, dispensing medication without a license, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Kaylor was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court Friday (September 16).

19-year-old Caleb Joseph Van Arsdale of Hilferty Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with murder.

Burke County 911 received information from the Hickory Police Department at approximately 1:04 p.m. Wednesday that a caller told Hickory PD there may be a deceased individual in Burke County from a gunshot wound at 1850 Hilferty Road. Burke County Deputies responded and found a deceased male in a bedroom. The victim was identified as Jacob Andrew Lucas of Belmont. The scene was secured and Burke County detectives secured a search warrant to process the scene. The SBI was contacted to assist with the investigation.  

Investigators deteremined that Lucas had been shot in his chest. A suspect was developed by the name of Caleb Joseph Van Arsdale, who was living at the Hilferty Road address. The Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:41 p.m. that the suspect had turned himself in to Hickory PD.

Burke detectives interviewed Van Arsdale at Hickory PD and, according to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 15), the suspect confessed to shooting Lucas and leaving the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Van Arsdale was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under no bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.

The Sheriff’s office is working closely with the DA’s Office and the SBI as the case continues. 

17-year-old Lavarius Mattess Patterson of Harris Street in Statesville and two male juveniles were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. All three suspects were charged with one count of larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of breaking and entering, seven Counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, one count of larceny of a firearm, two Counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of larceny, and one count of attempted larceny.  

Last Friday (September 9), Deputies received a call from the Mooresville Police Department. Officers from that department were with a vehicle that had three people inside of it and they believed the vehicle was stolen. Deputies made contact with the owner of the vehicle and learned that the 2003 Ford Explorer was in fact stolen. The vehicle was found in possession of Lavarius Patterson and the two juvenile males at the intersection of East Brawley Avenue and Smith Street.

While Deputies where on the scene speaking with the victim they noticed two bicycles laying across the street in the grass and began canvassing the area. It was learned that a total of seven vehicles had been broken into. Deputies also learned that a firearm was taken from one of the vehicles that was broken into.

The three suspects were transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says that Patterson admitted to the break-ins and to stealing the car. He also admitted to breaking into Sharon’s Flea Market which is a business off of Turnersburg Highway.  

Patterson received a $40,000 bond. More charges are likely. Both Juveniles were also charged with the same crimes and a secured custody order was granted. One of the juveniles is currently on probation. Both of the juveniles had recently been charged with similar crimes. Due to their age those charges were forwarded to Juvenile service for further investigation.     

49-year-old Gerric Delaine Connelly was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Connelly was arrested at a location on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

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