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Monday, 03 October 2016 17:45

Bank Robbed in Granite Falls Monday Afternoon

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At about 12:35 this afternoon (October 3), Granite Falls Police responded to a robbery in progress at the First Citizens Bank at 45 Falls Avenue.

Upon arrival, Officers learned that the suspect is a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing shorts, a purple sweatshirt, a red or orange baseball-style hat and sunglasses.

The suspect entered and exited the bank’s front door. After demanding money, the suspect left the bank and was last seen running toward Al’s Diner, east on Falls Avenue. Investigators believe the suspect left the area in a vehicle.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir Police and the N.C. Highway Patrol are all involved in the investigation, in addition to Granite Falls Police.

Anyone with information should Granite Falls Police Detective Clint Ferguson at 828-396-3358 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

Monday, 03 October 2016 14:17

Authorities in Lincoln County Seek Missing Person

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 24-year-old Hannah Christine Lanning of Wallace Lane in Denver.

Relatives say Ms. Lanning was last seen on September 22 by her bondsman in Lincolnton. She is described as a white female with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5’1” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. Her name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person.

Anyone with information the whereabouts of Hannah Christine Lanning should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:27

Break-in, Stolen Property Charges Filed

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39-year-old David Randal Lackey of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. Following the arrest, Lackey was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

58-year-old Malcolm Eugene Harrison of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (September 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Harrison was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

49-year-old Bryan Keith Simmons of Enoree, South Carolina, was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with one count of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the purpose of keeping controlled substances, five counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.  

Last Wednesday (September 28) at approximately 12 noon, officers from the Lenoir Police Department with members of the US Marshal Service Violent Offender Task Force located Bryan Keith Simmons. Simmons was wanted on a Felony Fugitive Extradition warrant from Spartanburg, South Carolina for the charge of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Methamphetamine or Cocaine.  Simmons was found in a room at the Red Carpet Inn on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir.

When Simmons was arrested the officers noticed a large number of hypodermic needles, scales, and a firearm lying inside his room. A search warrant was applied for and obtained to search the room. When the room was searched officers found 884.2 grams of Methamphetamine which had a street value of $132,630. They found five firearms, one of which had been reported stolen from Union County, South Carolina. They also found $3,957 in US currency, and several items of drug paraphernalia.

Simmons was arrested and served the Felony Fugitive Extradition warrant. He received a $500,000.00 secured bond and his initial court date was scheduled for last Thursday (September 29).   

Last Friday (September 30), Officers with the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit obtained warrants for Simmons arrest. These warrants stemmed from the search of the motel room. That search resulted in the drug charges being filed against Simmons. Bond on those charges was set at two-million dollars. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, October 3).

57-year-old Macky Lee Hush of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 Saturday afternoon (October 1) on one count of failure to appear in court on a felony.

Hush was taken into custody without incident on Highway 127 South on an order for arrest issued in May of this year. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.

Hush was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A Superior Court date was set for November 7 in Newton.

29-year-old Jeramie Hawthorne of Hicks Road in Greenville, N.C. has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax) and driving while license are revoked. Hawthorne faces a number of charges from the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

At 7:55 a.m. today (October 3), a Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy was directing school traffic at Iron Station Elementary School when a suspect vehicle that had previously been involved in a hit & run on Highway 150, east of Lincolnton, approached the school. The driver apparently saw the patrol car’s flashing blue lights and turned left into the school parking lot. The vehicle then traveled through a grassy area and back onto Highway 27, eastbound.

The Deputy pursued the vehicle east on Highway 27 into Gaston County where the suspect wrecked near Black Snake Road and Highway 27 in Stanley. Cesena and a Gaston County Officer took the suspect into custody after he crashed into a tree, but continued his attempt to escape.

At last report, Hawthorne was being taken before a Magistrate. As of noon today, no information was available regarding a bond amount or a court date. No photo has been released.

Monday, 03 October 2016 10:35

Conover Woman Accused of Trafficking Meth

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30-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of 6th Avenue N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 3) on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was taken into custody without incident at 4:12 a.m. today on the 2300 block of Highway 70 S.E., in the vicinity of West End BBQ. Pless was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

52-year-old Arthur Lee Robinson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 yesterday morning (October 2) on one felony count of murder.

Events leading to the arrest began at about 2:50 a.m. yesterday when Officers were called to a civil disturbance at Robinson’s residence, which he shared with 63-year-old Kester Lee Hewitt. Hewitt made the initial call to Police. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Hewitt, who was not injured. They were unable to locate Robinson.

At about 4:45 a.m., Police were called back to another disturbance at the residence. They arrived to find Hewitt inside the residence, deceased as the result of an apparent stab wound. Robinson was found outside the residence where he was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Sayvon Richardson of Charlotte was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 21 felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of misdemeanor larceny, two counts of felony larceny, and one count of felony attempted larceny. Richardson is one of three suspects wanted in connection with several vehicle break-ins in southern Iredell County.

On September 3 Detectives with the Iredell County Criminal Investigation Division began the investigation into the vehicle break-ins. As in other incidents the suspects appeared to be going to a neighborhoods and searching for unlocked vehicles. In one incident the suspects were observed on a home surveillance system.

Detectives spoke with victims and sought out potential witnesses. During the course of the investigation it was determined that three suspects were possibly connected to similar crimes in other jurisdictions and that they were armed at the time the break in’s occurred.

The three suspects were identified after Detectives tracked a stolen card to a location in Charlotte where it was used to make purchases. With the video in hand calls from the public soon came in leading to the three suspects being identified.
As the investigation continued a search warrant was executed at the home of one of the suspects where a large amount of stolen property was recovered.

Warrants were issued for all three suspects and one of the suspects, Sayvon Richardson, was quickly located, arrested and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed on a $100,000 dollar secured bond. A District Court date for Richardson is set for October 10. Warrants are still outstanding for 16-year-old Doral Mcham and 19-year-old Derico Misenhaimer, both of Charlotte.

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