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39-year-old Jason Scott Barlow of Weeping Pine Drive in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (September 5) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Probation and Parole. The Sheriff's Office charged Barlow with sex offender unlawfully on premises. Probation and Parole charged him with a parole violation. Barlow was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (September 6).

36-year-old Angela Jean Auton of Sampson Road in Boone was arrested Wednesday (September 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and auto larceny. Auton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $45,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 10).

A jury found a Hickory man guilty of statutory rape during Catawba County Superior Court last week.

41-year-old Antonio Morquett Phillips was sentenced to an active prison term of 35 to 47 years by the Honorable William A. Wood, Superior Court Judge from Guilford County, following the jury’s verdict handed down last Friday, (August 31). Phillips will serve the prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The jury needed an hour of deliberation to return the guilty verdict and bring the week-long trial to a close. The offense took place December 8, 2013, and involved a then 13-year-old female victim who was not related to the defendant. The State also presented evidence that Phillips provided marijuana to the victim prior to committing the crime.

Lori Miller investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the State.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:32

Suspect Sought in Tuesday Armed Robbery at Walgreens

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Just after 9:35 last night (September 4), Hickory Police responded to an armed robbery at Walgreens, 2427 Springs Road N.E. During the robbery, a suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the property on foot, heading west on 24th Street N.E.

The suspect was described as a black male, about six feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. Carlos De Los Santos at 828-261-2621 or cdelossantos@hickorync.gov. The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:17

Hickory Man Accused of Breaking Into Vehicles

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42-year-old Jason Kaine Tillman of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 4) on two felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person pulling on car door handles at an assisted living facility on 3rd Street N.W. in Hickory. The suspect, Jason Kaine Tillman, was found on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue S.E.

Tillman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Shawn Morgan Coalson of Raider Road in Statesville, 21-year-old Elliot Gerald Martinez of Darlene Lane in Harmony and 20-year-old John Christopher Shoemaker, Jr. of Loop Avenue in Jonesville, along with 34-year-old Jeremy Ryan Sherman and 18-year-old Chase Alan Johnson, both of Lackey Mountain Road in Hiddenite, have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a break-in at a business. All the suspects were charged with felony breaking & entering, misdemeanor injury to personal property and second-degree trespassing. Coalson and Martinez each face three counts for B&E and property damage, while the other suspects were each charged with one count. Coalson and Martinez also face one count of felony larceny after breaking & entering.

In July of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report from a business owner in northern Iredell County stating that his business had been broken into. A television was stolen and windows were broken out of a vehicle on the property. During a second incident, the suspects broke windows and caused damage to a forklift inside the building.

In the course of the investigation, surveillance cameras were strategically placed around the property. On Monday, August 27, a Detective was conducting a security check at the business when he learned that the building had been broken into a third time over the weekend. The business owners were contacted. They found that the building and equipment had sustained damages estimated at several thousand dollars.

Surveillance video showed five then-unidentified white males on the property on Saturday, August 25. The men were seen damaging property and breaking into the building. Based on those images, Detectives were able to identify, locate and interview all five suspects.

Coalson and Martinez were each given a $10,000 secured bond. Shoemaker was arrested in Yadkin County and given a $5,000 secured bond. Bond for Sherman and Johnson was also set at $5,000, secured. All five suspects will appear in District Court on September 19.

46-year-old David Alfred Sams was arrested Tuesday (September 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Sams was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $2,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 1.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:20

Four Arrested on Meth Charges in Morganton

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41-year-old Lori Lynette Goodman, 20-year-old Meagan Lynn Whaley and 33-year-old Kyle Eugene Woodard, all of Cedar Trail in Morganton, along with 21-year-old Brooke Sierra Davis of Homer Burns Avenue in Morganton, have been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. All four suspects were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine (two counts for Whaley and one count for the others). Goodman, Whaley and Woodard also face charges for felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or placed for a controlled substance; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Whaley has two counts on the paraphernalia charge, while the others face one count. In addition, Davis was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.

Events leading to their arrests began last month (August 2018) when Burke Co. Sheriff's Detectives initiated an investigation into drug activity at the Cedar Trail residence. The investigation identified multiple individuals who were involved with the possession, use and distribution of methamphetamine. The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety was also involved in the investigation.

On August 29, a search warrant was executed at the residence. Burke Co. Animal Control was called in to assist with aggressive dogs at the scene. Meth and drug paraphernalia were found in multiple locations throughout the residence. The drugs and paraphernalia were seized and the suspects were taken into custody. In addition, meth and paraphernalia were found on Davis' person while she was in the jail.

Bond for Goodman and Woodard was set at $25,000, secured. Whaley was held under a $29,500 secured bond, while Davis was given a $14,000 secured bond. All four suspects will next appear in District Court on September 19 in Morganton. Davis has an additional court date coming up on September 25.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 05:32

Man Charged With Committing Sex Offenses From 2009-2011

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25-year-old Taylor Ryan Parks of Harmony Highway in Harmony was arrested last Friday (August 31) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony indecent liberties with a minor.

According to a news release issued today (September 5), on February 3, 2018 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a child being sexually assaulted in the past. The victim said the suspect, Taylor Ryan Parks, whom the victim had lived with in the past, had sexually assaulted him several years ago. Multiple witnesses were interviewed and evidence was gathered. The alleged offenses occurred from January 2009 to January 2011.

Parks was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for September 25.

A husband and wife charged with murder were scheduled to appear in court today (September 5). 38-year-old Jason John Carwile and his wife, 30-year-old Carolyn Ashley Carwile, both of Hubbard Street in Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincolnton Police Tuesday (September 4) and charged with murder.

At about 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, Lincolnton Police responded to a business at 2005 East Main Street in reference to an unresponsive person in the parking lot. The Lincolnton Fire Department and Lincoln County E.M.S. were also dispatched to the scene.

Officers found a black male lying in the parking lot. The victim did not respond to treatment. After about 20 minutes of continued medical aid, the victim, Christopher Alexander Easter, was pronounced dead.

After Detectives spoke to witnesses, it was determined that the victim had been assaulted. The Carwiles were taken into custody.

Both suspects were placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center without bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today.

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