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A Burke County man already serving a lengthy prison sentence has received more time behind bars following his conviction for robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted trafficking. 30-year-old Marshall Shane Freeman of Morganton entered a guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (January 30).

Freeman was sentenced to 10 to 13 years by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. He'll serve the sentence at the end of the term he currently is serving for May 2018 convictions on similar charges from Gaston County. The sentence for those convictions is set to expire in 2031.

The offenses took place on February 7, 2018, when Freeman robbed a Hickory pharmacy at gunpoint. He handed a note to a pharmacy technician demanding specific opiate narcotics while brandishing a handgun. The defendant left with several bottles of pills but was identified through surveillance video.

Morganton Department of Public Safety officers were contacted about a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity near Freeman’s residence later that night. When they made contact with Freeman, officers found a handgun in his waistband as well as bottles with pills in them on his person and in his vehicle, some of them still in a bag from the pharmacy.

Freeman confessed to the crimes on scene and later gave another confession when interviewed by officers with Hickory Police Department. Shanna Hudson led the investigation for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.

25-year-old De Andre Jerome Mack from the Taylorsville area has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, felonious strangulation and assault on a female.

He was charged in connection to an incident at about 7:40 this morning (February 1) when Catawba County Communications took a call regarding a male subject assaulting a female on the ground outside a residence. Deputies responded to Crosstown Apartments (off of County Home Road) where they found an injured female. Another family member from the residence had also been assaulted. The injured female was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries. Her name has not been released.

The suspect ran from the scene before Officers arrived. Deputies and the county's Search & Rescue Team combed the area for the suspect, who was identified as De Andre Jerome Mack.

At about 11:55 a.m., a resident in the area of Thomasville Road saw a man matching the suspect’s description as he ran through their yard. Using a drone, Deputies also spotted a subject in the area of Raleigh Street, off of Springs Road. A Deputy took the suspect into custody without incident.

Mack is being held at the Sheriff’s Office without bond. No court date is currently listed.

The suspect and victim are known to each other. There were also outstanding warrants for Mack's arrest stemming from an assault on the same victim that occurred yesterday in Alexander County.

33-year-old Cristal Danell Perrymam of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:45 p.m. yesterday (January 30) on one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

She was also served with outstanding warrants on seven misdemeanor counts of failure to appear (four from the Hickory Police Department and three from the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office). She allegedly failed to appear in court on charges of no operators license, expired registration card or tag, expired or no vehicle inspection, operating a vehicle with no insurance, shoplifting, driving while license revoked, fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag, and larceny by removing, destroying or deactivating an inventory control device.

Perrymam was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $17,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled today and for February 4 & 13, all in Newton.

25-year-old Richard Austin Pemberton of 15th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday (January 30) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Pemberton is wanted in Palm Beach County, Florida on a sexual battery charge.

Pemberton was taken into custody at his residence and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

34-year-old April Renee Hicks of South West Street and 38-year-old Roger Mack Royal of Mitchell Court, both from Wilkesboro, were arrested Tuesday (January 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center and they each received $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (January 30).

25-year-old Bruce Lee Stroud of Honeycomb Place in Lenoir was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods or property. Stroud was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 31) under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (February 4).

43-year-old Eric Scott Summers and 19-year-old Shyheim Khalil Summers, both of the same Gagner Street, Statesville, address, were arrested Tuesday (January 29) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Eric Summers is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA, maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substances, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shyheim Summers is charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

After receiving numerous complaints from concerned citizens in the Gagner Street area of Statesville about possible drug sales, an investigation was launched. Undercover narcotics investigators found a residence on Gagner Street that was a possible location for drug sales. Investigators identified Eric Scott Summers as one of the suspects selling drugs at this location. Undercover officers reportedly purchased crack cocaine from Eric Summers at the residence.

Officers searched the home on Gagner Street Tuesday. Eric Summers was found inside the residence alone and taken into custody without incident. The search of the residence resulted in the discovery of crack cocaine valued at $2,500, marijuana valued at $265, MDMA “Ecstasy” pills valued at $200 a .32 caliber revolver, and $1281 in cash.

Based on evidence located during the search, an arrest warrant was obtained for Shyheim Khalil Summers for the felony marijuana charge. He was arrested at another location and was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Bond for Eric Summers was set at $100,000 secured, Shyheim Summers received a $5,000 secured bond. Eric Summers has a District Court date February 12, Shyheim Summers is scheduled to appear in District Court February 20.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:35

Hickory Man Charged With Strangulation

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23-year-old Jaquan Cortez McDowell of 7th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. McDowell was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 31).

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 18:58

Iron Station Woman Charged With Embezzlement

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47-year-old Lesley Anna Cooley of Iron Station was arrested Tuesday (January 29) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony embezzlement.

Deputies responded to Dunkin Donuts on North Highway 16 in Denver Tuesday in connection with an alleged theft. Store officials told officers that they watched surveillance video of Lesley Anna Cooley taking money from the drive-thru cash register multiple times.

Cooley was taken into custody and charged with the felony offense. It was also learned that Cooley had two outstanding warrants from Gaston County for obtaining property by false pretense and transferring a stolen vehicle.

Following Tuesday's arrest, Cooley was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond, she remained in jail as of earlier today (January 31). She made a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday (January 30). Her next District Court date is February 19.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 18:42

Robbery And Stabbing Under Investigation

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An incident involving a reported robbery and stabbing is under investigation in Catawba County. On Wednesday (January 30) Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to D and K Glass Road off Greedy Highway in southwest Catawba County in response to a report that someone had been robbed and stabbed.

The victim was transported by EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. The victim told police that she met a man and woman at a gaming business on Springs Road, where the victim won a sum of money. The victim did not know the two people.

The victim then traveled with the unidentified male and female to an area off of Greedy Highway and D and K Glass Road, where they robbed the victim at knifepoint, and also stabbed the victim causing non-life threatening injuries.

Due to the nature of the alleged incident, the victim’s name is being withheld at this time. Investigators are working to identify the suspects and charges are pending once suspect identification is made. Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.

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