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46-year-old Kevin Odell Ware of Liberty Church Road in Hickory was arrested yesterday (April 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property.

Ware was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 8.

21-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Underdown Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (April 4). He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and discharging of a firearm into occupied property to incite fear.

Whisnant was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 18.

52-year-old Mary Ann Teague of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested as Officers were conducting surveillance late last night at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. when they saw a suspicious vehicle. During the incident, Police found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine.

Teague was taken into custody without incident at about 1 a.m. today at a nearby fast-food restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

30-year-old Amber Lynn Edwards of Kenny Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eleven o'clock last night (April 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers stopped a vehicle in the parking lot at a convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Amber Lynn Edwards, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

38-year-old Grady Scott Bumgarner of 18th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of failure to appear. It is not clear on which charges Bumgarner failed to appear, but he does have upcoming District Court appearances scheduled for April 25 & 26 on misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 2nd-degree trespassing. The warrant for his arrest was issued on March 18.

Bumgarner was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. today at a convenience store on 16th Street N.E. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000. He was longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of 11 a.m. today. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, an appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 6 in Newton.

33-year-old Alicha Leann Hamby of Stirewalt Drive in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of assault inflicting physical injury to emergency or medical staff.

Hamby was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 18.

Lincoln County Deputies are investigating the theft of commercial equipment from a work site on Christalina Lane in Denver, N.C.

Deputies were dispatched to the site Wednesday (April 3) where they were told that two skid steers were stolen from the construction site between April 2 and the morning of April 3.

The skid steers are a black & yellow 2003 John Deere 260 and a black & yellow 1998 New Holland LX865. The equipment is valued at $24,000. Both skid steers have been entered into the National Crime Information Center's (N.C.I.S.) database as stolen.

Anyone with information regarding the theft should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

30-year-old Jesus Diaz Guzman of Woodland Hill Trail in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of statutory rape of a child by an adult and two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with child.

On January 24, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. The report detailed the statutory rape of two children that were between the ages of seven and eleven-years-old when the incidents occurred.

During the investigation a detective discovered the suspect had intercourse with one of victims and inappropriately touched both children who were known to the suspect. A news release says Guzman confessed to inappropriately touching the children.

He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $150,000 bond. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.

Unemployment rates decreased across the Hickory Metro and across most of the state, according to the report released this week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The figures are for the month of February.

Catawba County's unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, down from 4 percent even in January. Alexander County's jobless rate dipped to 3.6 percent, down from 3.7 in the last report. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, that's down from 4.1 percent in January. Caldwell County's unemployment rate dropped from 4.8 percent in the last report to 4.5 percent.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4 percent even, down from 4.2 percent in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied with the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, down from 4.5 in January. Unemployment rates decreased in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties and increased in one. Dare County saw a slight increase in the jobless rate. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 96 counties, increased in three, and remained unchanged in one. Hyde County currently has the state's highest unemployment rate at 12.5 percent and Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.2 percent.

The Newton Police Department says a report of a robbery filed by a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was false and that individual now faces charges.

As WHKY previously reported, the Newton Police Department responded to Domino’s Pizza, on Highway 10 West, on March 12 in reference to the reported armed robbery of a delivery driver. Officers were told that a delivery driver was sitting at the intersection of U.S. 321 Business and Highway 10 West in Newton, waiting for the traffic light to turn green, when a black male ran up to his car. The suspect pointed a gun at the delivery driver and demanded money.

Police were told after the suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash, he got into a dark colored SUV that was last seen traveling north on U.S. 321 Business. The delivery driver immediately made contact with the store manager who called 911 for the driver.

On Thursday (April 4) after a full investigation, it was discovered that the reported robbery did not occur. After an interview of the delivery driver, Newton Police received a full confession stating the robbery did not occur. The victim said he needed money for personal expenses so he made up the story of the robbery. 35-year-old William Edward Keen of Hickory, the driver, will be charged with filing a false police report, and larceny by employee.

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