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The second of two men convicted by a Catawba County jury in December 2015 was given an active prison sentence of at least seven years on Wednesday (September 21) during Catawba County Superior Court.

23-year-old James Bryant Moser of Conover, was sentenced to serve seven to ten years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County.

Moser and Emmanuel Martinez each were found guilty by the jury on Dec. 16, 2015, of one count of armed robbery, three counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of felony breaking and entering for a November 2013 home invasion.

Both men were present during jury selection when the trial began on Dec. 14, 2015, but neither returned for the rest of the trial. The Honorable Richard D. Boner, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, issued an order for each defendant’s arrest after the jury returned guilty verdicts.

Moser was apprehended by a bail bondsman and surrendered to authorities at the Catawba County Detention Center on June 16, 2016. He also was indicted for felony failure to appear and pleaded guilty to that charge as part of his sentence, receiving a suspended sentence of 6 to 17 months to run at the end of his active time. Martinez was given an active prison sentence of seven to ten years in April.

Moser and Martinez were convicted of the charges arising from a violent home invasion on Nov. 12, 2013, in Hickory involving three victims. Officers from Hickory Police Department located the two men less than 90 minutes later.

A wallet from one of the home invasion victims and the cell phone of another were recovered by investigators along with other items of physical evidence.

Investigator Rob Burwell led the investigation for Hickory Police Department, and Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

There will be a Special Joint Meeting of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and the Hickory City Council on Monday (September 26) at 12 p.m. in Room 149 of the NC Center for Engineering Technologies, 1990 Main Avenue SE in Hickory. Catawba County proposes to appropriate and expend County funds for an economic development project.  

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners intends to consider entering into an economic development agreement under Project Lighthouse. A contractual agreement has been developed to insure performance under Project Lighthouse. The purpose of this Special Meeting is for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners to hold a public hearing on the County’s proposed appropriations and expenditure of funds for this project. The company involved is not named in the news release announcing the joint meeting.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting present their comments.

24-year-old Nigel Brooks Gibbs of Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, three counts of injury to personal property, driving while license revoked, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and non-support of a child. Gibbs was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $24,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 4.

27-year-old Vicente Omar Forney was arrested Wednesday (September 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Forney was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 24.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 05:02

Scam Involving Text Messages Under Investigation

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The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is investigating a scam involving text messages being sent to area residents requesting personal information.

As of Wednesday (September 21) numerous residents told authorities that they had received text messages from 2987452@info.gov. The message is stating that your Sun Trust Debit Card has been compromised and asking you to call 845-241-7877. Once victims call this number they ask for your social security number and other bank account information to attempt to gain access to your bank.

This message is not from Sun Trust and is a scam. If you receive this message do not respond. If you have already responded to this message and given out information, immediately contact your bank and close your account. Also monitor you credit score and notify your local jurisdiction if you notice any charges that you have not made.

For more information you can go to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office or Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers Facebook pages.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 04:52

Man Arrested In Burke County On Strangulation Charge

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23-year-old Johnithyn Thomas James Bristol was arrested Wednesday (September 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Bristol was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 24.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:24

Man Arrested after Manhunt in Alexander County

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31-year-old Zachary Ryan Moser of Catawba County, who was being sought by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officer in connection to an early morning assault in Stony Point, has been taken into custody, according to Sheriff Chris Bowman. He was charged with assault on a female, resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and two counts of breaking & entering. Moser will also face outstanding warrants in Catawba County stemming from an earlier incident.

Moser's arrest comes on the heels of a nearly five-hour manhunt that involved multiple law enforcement agencies. During the manhunt, Officers utilized various technologies to narrow down Moser's location to the South Thomas Lane area in Stony Point. While patrolling that area, a Sheriff's Deputy was tipped off by a citizen to the exact location where Moser was hiding.

Officers entered a home on South Thomas Lane and took Moser into custody without further incident. The only court date listed at this time is November 21 in Catawba County on a variety of assault charges.

Sheriff Bowman expressed his gratitude to the Officers and agencies that assisted in the search and apprehension. In addition to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, those agencies include N.C. Adult Probation, the N.C. Highway Patrol, N.C. State K-9, Iredell County Sheriff's K-9 and Alexander County Emergency Management.

25-year-old Nathaniel Lee Shinn of Dickerson Court in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 20) on felony warrants from the Long View Police Department for robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and possession of stolen goods. Those were issued in July and January of this year, respectively. His arrest came in connection to the arrest of 28-year-old Cory Elijah Moretz of Little River Church Road in Taylorsville, who was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested at the Baymont Inn on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. after Police spotted a green Pontiac Bonneville in the parking lot with a female driver, who stayed in the vehicle for about six or seven minutes. Officers approached the woman, who said she was going to room 301. She said the car didn’t belong to her. Officers also learned that her license had been suspended. The woman was then allowed to leave the scene.

As Cory Moretz came out of room 301, a K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained and executed, leading to the discovery of a spoon, digital scales, Q-Tips, an unloaded syringe and two loaded syringes containing 0.8 grams of methamphetamine.

Moretz was charged for the paraphernalia. A warrant was issued for the female’s arrest. At the same time, Shinn was found on the property and the outstanding warrants for his arrest were located.

Moretz and Shinn were taken into custody without incident. Moretz was processed and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond with a court date set for November 1. Shinn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today. The female remained at large as of this afteroon.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a man wanted in connection to an early morning assault that occurred in the 8000 block of Highway 90 East in Stony Point. The suspect, Zachary Ryan Moser, is currently wanted by Alexander County authorities for Assault on a Female but is also wanted by Catawba County authorities for Resist, Delay and Obstruct stemming from a separate incident. Moser has been known to be violent and may be armed. Sheriff Chris Bowman is asking anyone who sees Moser in the Stony Point area contact the Alexander County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:12

Tennessee Man Arrested after Disturbance at Frye E.R.

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64-year-old Steve Gray Adams, who is listed as a homeless person from Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday (September 20) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

He was arrested in connection to an incident last Friday (September 16) at Frye Regional Medical Center. An off-duty Officer responded to an irate patient, Steve Adams, in the emergency room. Adams reportedly kicked and spit at several nurses and at the Officer. No significant injuries were reported.

Adams was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the hospital. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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