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27-year-old Lashonda Evette Ikard of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday (June 15) on misdemeanor counts of larceny and second-degree trespassing. She was also arrested on a warrant issued last month for felony larceny.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in reference to a possible larceny. Ikard allegedly paid for some items and then placed those on top of other items that hadn’t been paid for. She passed the last point of sale where she was confronted by Loss Prevention Officers, who then called Hickory Police. The items taken were described on Police reports as household goods valued at $38.

Ikard was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,750 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on July 14 in Hickory and in Superior Court on June 19 in Newton.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:24

Hickory City Council To Meet Tonight

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Hickory City Council will meet in regular session tonight. Council will vote on the City Manager’s Annual Budget Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. It’s the second reading, the first reading approved unanimously.

Among other items on tonight’s agenda, WHKY will be presented a Business Well Crafted Award in commemoration of the station’s 75th Anniversary. In addition, there will be a presentation of the 19th Consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Hickory.

Other items listed under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings include council voting on the approval of an application for a 2015 Justice Assistance Grant to purchase additional body-worn cameras and digital video evidence management services, and approval of the interlocal agreement with Catawba County. Also under second readings, council will vote on the approval of an agreement with Alfred Benesch & Company in the amount of $9,450 to update the Park Master Site Plan for the Cloninger Mill Property.

Tonight’s Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7:00 in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street.

26-year-old Aaron Ralph Gragg of Razors Ridge Road in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (June 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on an indictment with felony larceny.

On April 15, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a resident at the intersection of NC Hwy 126 and Razors Ridge Road in Morganton, witnessed suspicious activity at 2868 NC Hwy 126. The resident called the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and advised that they were witnessing several subjects at their neighbors’ residence in a white El Camino trying to steal his neighbors’ pontoon boat.

Deputies responded to the scene of the crime in progress to find the El Camino abandoned and stuck in the mud. There were tire tracks in the mud leading from the El Camino to the tongue of the boat trailer. There was a lock on the trailer and bolt cutters were located in the bed of the abandoned El Camino.

Deputies were able to identify the vehicle's owner who lived at 1313 Razor’s Ridge Road, and it was determined that Aaron Gragg had been driving the El Camino. Several subjects were present at 1313 Razor’s Ridge that had mud spatter on their clothing. Involvement in the attempted larceny was denied by all subjects.

On July 17, 2014, detectives interviewed Aaron Gragg in regards to the incident. Sufficient probable cause was found to indict multiple subjects, to include Aaron Ralph Gragg. An Order for Arrest was issued for Gragg on April 6, and he was taken into custody on June 11. Gragg was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 27.

25-year-old James Michael Miller of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested Monday (June 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with fail to register as a sex offender. Following the arrest, Miller was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (June 17).

19-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with break or enter to a place of worship, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen goods, and breaking and or entering. Following the arrest, Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, June 16) under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 19). 

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night.

The Board held a public hearing to receive citizen comments and approved the submission of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Rural Economic Development Division, for the Commerce Fellows “Building Community Through Capacity and Knowledge” program.

The purpose of the Commerce Fellows program is to provide technical assistance, capacity building and training to North Carolina local governments. The State is partnering with North Carolina universities to provide high-quality professional development to local government staff with a focus on community development and improving opportunities for low and moderate income individuals.

In other action Monday night, the board approved the Catawba County Library Strategic Plan 2016-2019. In addition, the board made appointments to various boards and committees.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 03:38

Man Charged With Embezzling From Funeral Home

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A man was indicted for embezzling more than $200,000 from a funeral home in Alexander County. According to a published report, the suspect, 53-year-old Mark Douglas Odom worked at Adams Funeral Home in Taylorsville for several years and handled finances, which is what gave him access to the money. He's charged with felony embezzlement.

According to the published report, prosecutors say some of the money he embezzled came from people who prepaid their funeral expenses or the expenses for loved ones.

The State Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case. Odom is scheduled to appear in Superior Court August 17.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 03:24

Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping

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41-year-old Ronald Seth Reinhardt of Mary Ester Modlin Trail in Iron Station was arrested Friday (June 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Reinhardt was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred on June 3, 2015 where he assaulted his father and sister and then held his parents against their will overnight.

Deputies responded to the parent’s home on Mary Ester Modlin Trail, Iron Station on June 3, 2015 on a call where the suspect, was trying to steal his mother’s pain medication from her purse. She called for her husband who attempted to get Seth away from her. Seth Reinhardt then assault Mr. Reinhardt and his sister, Anna Reinhardt forcing them from one location to another against their will.

Anna escaped from the residence and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene but the parents did not want their son charged and signed a waiver of prosecution. After deputies left Seth continued to hold his parents hostage and terrorized them all night long. Mr. Reinhardt was able to escape the residence after Seth dozed off. He went to the Lincoln County magistrate’s office seeking commitment papers.

Detective Lt. Tim Johnson met with one of the parents and sister for further investigation and interviews. Reinhardt was arrested without incident on Friday and was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $40,500 secured bond with restrictions not to have contact with the victims or be at their residence.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect in a theft from a business.

On May 4 of this year, a black male entered R&J Tobacco Discount Store, removed an energy drink from the cooler, and walked to the counter to pay for the drink. The subject gave the clerk a 50 dollar bill to pay for the drink. The subject in question then began to ask the clerk for change for several different denomination dollar bills. The subject in question would ask for change, change would be given, and then the subject would ask for change for a different bill.

This exchange occurred several different times. The clerk later discovered; through the security video, and the balance left in the cash drawer; that the subject in question had tricked him out of $497.00 in US Currency. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the subject in a photograph that has been released to the media. If you know the identity of the man in the photograph; you are asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

A Claremont man has been exonerated for his part in a shooting that left two brothers hospitalized with gunshot injuries. District Attorney David Learner deemed that the May 27, 2015, shooting of 35-year-old Alijah Jackson, and 32-year-old Caleb Jackson was a lawful and justifiable act of self-defense by 28-year-old Joshua Edwards.

After meeting with Capt. Brian Kelly and Lt. Aaron Turk of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and reviewing the case file in detail, Learner disclosed his findings to Edwards and his wife on Monday (June 15) informing Mr. Edwards that he will not be charged. The District Attorney also authorized the Sheriff’s Office to return Edwards’ firearm to him.

“He was acting in defense of himself and others on his property at his own home,” Learner said, adding that this case further demonstrates his support of the Second Amendment and the right to defend yourself, your family and your home from a violent attack.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. while multiple family members were visiting Edwards and his family at their Claremont residence near West Bandys Crossroads. The two brothers were threatening Edwards’ mother and other family members while he was away on an errand, a continuation of a history of issues between the neighbors.

When Edwards returned home, he was attacked by Alijah Jackson, which led to a fist fight. Caleb Jackson later joined the fray, brandishing a claw hammer as he smashed personal property of Edwards’ family members, all while continuing to threaten the family.

When the brothers continued to threaten and advance upon Edwards and his family, he fired rounds that struck each of them. They remain hospitalized from injuries sustained in the shooting.