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Monday, 06 February 2017 13:28

Hickory Man Sentenced In Beating Death Of Wife

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A guilty plea in a Catawba County murder case resulted in a minimum of 17-and-a-half years in prison for the defendant. 37-year-old Marvin Antonio Hill of Hickory pleaded guilty to murder in Catawba County Superior Court today (Monday, February 6). He was sentenced to 17-and-a-half to 22 years in prison.

Hill was charged with second degree murder in connection with the beating death of his wife, Louver Hill. The incident occurred at their Newton home in November, 2013.

Monday, 06 February 2017 13:21

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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48-year-old Mari Jo Rudisill of 2nd Avenue S.E. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 o’clock Saturday night (February 4) on one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Rudisill was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,500 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court set for today (February 6) in Newton.

No further details are available.

27-year-old Joshua Robert Lail of Mt. Airy has been arrested in Iredell County on two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of misdemeanor assault on a government official.

At about 7:30 Sunday morning (February 5), Deputies were called to the Iredell County Detention Center Annex on the Turnersburg Highway to assist with a combative inmate.  Inmate Joshua Robert Lail had attempted to throw an unknown substance on a Detention Officer as the Officer was passing out breakfast trays.  Inmate Lail was sprayed with pepper spray and removed from his cell to be decontaminated.

During the decontamination process, Lail became aggressive and assaulted two other Detention Officers.  The Detention Officers subdued Lail, who continued to resist as he was handcuffed.

One Officer was treated and released at Iredell Memorial Hospital for scratches to his face and eyes and a bite on his left bicep.  The other Officer sustained injuries to her left knee and ring finger.

Lail was taken to the Magistrate’s office where he was given a $60,000 secured bond on the assault charges.  He has been in custody in Iredell County since January 24 for assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The only court date currently listed for Lail is on February 24 on the earlier charges.

28-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger of River Hill Trail in Lincolnton was arrested this morning (Monday, February 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of attempted first degree murder and two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

At approximately midnight deputies were dispatched to a residence on River Hill Trail. They responded after the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call that a stabbing had occurred during a domestic dispute.

When officers arrived on the scene they discovered two females and a male with stab wounds and the suspect, Brandon Lashan Lineberger was taken into custody without incident when he came out to the carport. According to witnesses, Brandon Lineberger and 34-year-old Aimee Nicole Ford got into an argument.  Lineberger allegedly began stabbing Ms. Ford while they were inside a small laundry room.  

45-year-old Annette Lorraine Craft, Lineberger’s mother, tried to intervene and was cut on the hand. At that point 57-year-old William Dale Carte, Jr., attempted to get the knife away from Lineberger and was stabbed multiple times. The suspect and victims all lived at the same address.

Two of the victims, Craft and Carte were transported to Caramont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia by Lincoln County EMS where they were treated and released. Aimee Nicole Ford was airlifted to CHS-Main in Charlotte where she was last reported to be in in critical condition.

Lineberger was detained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $600,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

30-year-old Melissa Faye Dillingham of Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just before nine o’clock Saturday night (February 4) on failure to appear charges in connection to one felony count of obtaining signatures by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

The initial charges stem from a 2015 shoplifting incident at Walmart. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Burke County Clerk of Court.

Dillingham was taken into custody on Springs Road N.E. and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $27,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for March 6 & 20.

Monday, 06 February 2017 11:01

Two Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charge; More

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23-year-old Wesley Eric Wright, Jr. of Pittstown Road and 22-year-old Anthony Deshawn Sanders of 3rd Avenue S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night (February 5) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one count each of misdemeanor larceny.  Wright was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  In addition, Wright was arrested for a felony probation violation and a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation, plus he was served a true bill of indictment for felony obtaining property by false pretense.

Events leading to their arrests began as Police were called to Academy Sports & Outdoors on Highway 70 S.E.  The subjects allegedly took a knife and a flashlight valued at $51.  They left the scene in a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Greenville, S.C.

A short time later, Long View Police stopped the vehicle at Spinner Internet Café on Highway 70 S.W.  When Hickory Police arrived, Long View Police had taken Wright into custody.  Sanders was located and taken into custody without incident inside the business.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Bond for Wright was set at $55,000, secured, while Sanders was given an $11,750 secured bond.  They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.  Wright was also scheduled to appear in Superior Court today with another District Court date in Newton on March 14 and a Burke County court date on March 20.

The suspect in the theft of a military Humvee from the National Guard Armory on North Aspen Street in Lincoln County was scheduled for release from the hospital today (Monday, February 6).  He faces multiple felony charges in connection to the incident, which included a shooting Saturday morning (February 4) that involved a Lincolnton Police Officer.

32-year-old Brian Samuel Brittain will be charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of stolen goods.  Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Brittain was shot during the incident, but drove away from the scene.  At some point he got out of the Humvee and into another vehicle.  The driver of that vehicle flagged down a Deputy Sheriff and told the Officer the suspect had been shot.  The suspect was airlifted to Charlotte where he was treated for his injuries.  Investigators believe the suspect was alone in the stolen vehicle.

Officer Daniel Lafone was in his vehicle when he was struck by the SUV.  He was treated and released at the hospital.  Officer Lafone has been with the department since October of 2015.  The Officer who fired his weapon and struck the suspect is Officer Thomas Hall, who has also been with the department since October 2015.

Officer Hall will remain on administrative leave, in keeping with standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting.  The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an ongoing investigation.  Lincolnton Police are also investigating a breaking & entering at the National Guard Armory that is related to the stolen vehicle.

26-year-old Kimburley Brooke Hartley was arrested today (Monday, February 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony forgery and uttering. Hartley was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (February 8) in Morganton.

24-year-old Gabrielle Elise Ford was arrested today (Monday February 6) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Ford was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 20.

Monday, 06 February 2017 09:30

Man Reported Missing Located

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The missing man being sought by authorities in Iredell County has been found. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 72-year-old Foy Lee Watson. The alert was issued shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday (February 5).

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office issued a news release stating that Mr. Watson was located. No other details were given.

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