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42-year-old Susan Michelle Fox of Crowe Dairy Road in Forest City was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, Fox was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 12.

29-year-old Ryan Chrishane Johnson of 8th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony attempt to break or enter a building, felony possession of cocaine, breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and habitual breaking and entering status offender. Following the arrest, Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $53,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (April 24).

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 04:35

Two Suspects Named In Vehicle Theft

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Investigators have identified the people they believe stole a 1966 Ford Mustang from Old Fort on April 10. Charges have been filed, but the two are on the run from authorities. One of the suspects is from Burke County, the other is from Caldwell County.

Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for 35-year-old Jason Alan Laws, of 1025 Iron Lane in Morganton, and 32-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins, of 2106 Ollis Place in Lenoir, for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.

The Mustang, owned by Charles Sult, of Asheville, and valued at $25,000, was stolen from a garage on Oakdale Road. The culprit made off with the car by driving it through the garage door.

Property owners found the stolen automobile on a piece of wooded land in Caldwell County Thursday morning, April 16. The car was heavily damaged and stripped of parts.

An investigation led Manis to Laws and Perkins. Laws is described as a white male who stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is also wanted in Florida for reckless driving; in Montana for assaulting and obstructing an officer, contempt of court, driving while license revoked and no liability insurance; and in Burke County for driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, aggressive driving and fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag.

Perkins is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes. She is also wanted in Burke County for two counts of misdemeanor larceny. They are possibly driving a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Laws and/or Perkins is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Both Crimestoppers and the owner of the Mustang are offering cash rewards.

Detectives with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a crime that took place last month.

A larceny occurred at the Dollar General store on the Old Mocksville Highway on March 25. Surveillance video captured photos of the female in question.

Anyone with information regarding the larceny should contact Detective Sergeant J. Wyatt at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

The City of Newton experienced four wastewater spills during the heavy rain that fell on April 19.

A spill at 1442 N.C. Highway 10 West was estimated at 3,550 gallons, reaching Hildebran Creek. A spill at 922 West 1st Street was estimated at 1,100 gallons, also reaching Hildebran Creek. At 1857 Burris Road, an estimated 1,950 gallons reached McLin Creek, and a spill at 1432 N.C. Highway 10 West was estimated at 3,450 gallons, reaching Hildebran Creek.

The Mooresville Regional Office of the Division of Water Resources was notified and is reviewing the matter. The spill had no negative impact on the environment.

For more information, contact Dennis Falder, Assistant Public Works & Utilities Director, at 828-695-4298.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:29

Man Charged With Kidnapping And Strangulation

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48-year-old Jonathan Leslie Blackburn of Buddy Street in Conover was arrested earlier today (Tuesday, April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, kidnapping, and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Blackburn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 22).

A pre-dawn drug round up, known as Operation 420, was conducted yesterday (April 20) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators, Criminal Investigators, the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE), the Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team (ICE) and the Warrant Squad.

32 individuals with warrants for the sale of narcotics were targeted. The warrants stem from investigations in which the suspects allegedly sold drugs -- ranging from heroin, crack, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription medications, ecstasy and marijuana -- to undercover Investigators.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, most of the suspects have lengthy criminal histories.  More arrests are expected in the coming days.  

As of this morning (April 21), 12 suspects remained at large.  They are:

  • Kenneth Basil Stewart, Jr.,
  • Casey Nicole Hines,
  • Justin Robert Campbell,
  • Alvin Lee Holland,
  • Michael Patrick O’Brien,
  • Tilden Trymaine Miller,
  • Dewayne Montel Jones,
  • Chadrick TyQuan McGee,
  • Alexis Summers Caldwell,
  • Chazman Antonio Houston,
  • Stepfon Loranzo Willis, and
  • Jordan Alexandria Tynes.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:54

Lincolnton Apt. Fire Victim Identified

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The woman killed in an apartment fire last night (April 20) has been identified as 65-year-old Melinda Holt Thomas of Bailey Springs Drive in Lincolnton.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and fire departments from Boger City, Lincolnton and North 321 were dispatched to the structure fire around 7:30 p.m. Monday night.

Ms. Thomas was already deceased when Boger City Firefighters pulled her body from the apartment. The body was found lying on the floor about 15 feet from the entrance. Firefighters extinguished a small fire in the corner of a room where the bed was located. Fire officials believe the fire started on the bed where several cigarette butts were located.

Ms. Thomas’ next-of-kin have been notified.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

40-year-old Carolyn June Penley of Cedar Valley Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (April 20) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony habitual larceny. Penley was arrested when Hickory Police responded to CVS Pharmacy on Highway 321 NW. According to police, shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, Penley attempted to leave the store with merchandise and was stopped by a CVS employee. Police reports show Penley attempted to leave the store with a phone charger, headphones, and cosmetics. The total value of the items taken is estimated at $66.

Penley has several previous arrests according to Hickory Police. She was arrested on a total of nine occasions in 2013 and 2014. Following Monday’s arrest, Penley was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. An appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 22) in District Court in Newton.

25-year-old Jesse Joe Potter was arrested Monday (April 20) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Potter was placed in jail under $46,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 22) in Morganton.