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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:40

Lenoir Man Charged On Fugitive Warrant

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64-year-old David Arthur Arnold of Deerbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. The state Arnold is charged in is not specified. The suspect was released on $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Thursday (September 27).

23-year-old Tyler Blain Harold of Monterey Drive in Iron Station was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (September 25) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at an arcade on 12th Avenue N.E. saw a suspicious subject at a coin machine belonging to a car wash next to the business. During the incident, in the suspect’s vehicle, Officers found a glass jar containing 4.4 grams of marijuana, a clear pill bottle containing two grams of marijuana and a baggie containing 0.4 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Harold was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:03

Hickory Man Arrested on Multiple Counterfeiting Charges

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61-year-old Ronald Allen Hilton of 32nd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 1 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on two felony counts each of possessing tools for counterfeiting currency and obtaining property by false pretenses, plus one felony count each of forgery of endorsement and forgery & uttering. He was also charged with three counts of failure to appear in court on misdemeanor counts of larceny, D.W.I. and driving while license revoked. The charges are from Transylvania, Mitchell and Catawba counties.

Hilton was taken into custody without incident at a ministry for the homeless on 2nd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. Superior and District Court dates are coming up in all three counties with appearances scheduled on September 27, October 2 and October 25.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:58

H.P.D. Seeks Suspect in Larceny at Hickory Grocery Store

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Hickory Police are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the suspect in a larceny at the Lowes Foods store on 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. The incident occurred Monday (September 24).

Anyone with information regarding the suspect should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551. The Investigating Officer is Amanda Efird.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 05:26

Claremont Man Arrested On Felony Assault Charge

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30-year-old Jeffrey Brian McMurray of Wolf Trail in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (September 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. McMurray was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 5.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 05:07

Suspect In Reported Kidnapping Sought

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and Lincolnton Police are looking for a man who they believe kidnapped a Lincoln County woman and forced her to attempt to withdraw money from a bank.

Officers received a call shortly after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday (September 25) regarding a kidnapping. The victim reported that 42-year-old Reginald Aaron Ballard, of Lincolnton, held her against her will at her residence on West Highway 27. She stated the suspect held a pistol to her head earlier in the afternoon and demanded $5,000.

She first refused but later drove Ballard to Carolina Trust Bank at 790 West Highway 27 in an attempt to withdraw the money. While at the bank she was able to notify bank employees that they need to call the police. Ballard became suspicious and forced her to drive away from the bank. She drove around the nearby area and returned to the Bi-Lo parking lot across the street. She tricked Ballard into getting out of the car. She locked the vehicle and began sounding her car horn. That got the attention of the bank employees who called 9-1-1.

Ballard fled the area on foot and Lincolnton Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies began searching for him using a K-9 and drone surveillance. During that time a Reverse 911 call went out to the area warning about the incident. The victim told officers that Ballard is possibly suicidal. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Ballard was last seen wearing camouflage clothing and has long brown hair which was tied in a ponytail. He is a white male with hazel eyes, weighs around 160 pounds and is six feet tall. He is charged with felony 1st degree kidnapping, felonious restraint, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Ballard is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or your nearest law enforcement agency.

25-year-old Robert Matthew Johnson of South Boyd Street in Gastonia was arrested last Tuesday (September 18) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, three felony counts of attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle, three misdemeanor counts of injury to property and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

According to a news release issued Tuesday (September 25), last Tuesday, deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a businesses in the 4200 block of Wilkesboro Highway, north of Statesville. Once on the scene, deputies and crime scene investigators began investigating multiple vehicle break-ins. It was determined that one vehicle had been stolen and others showed signs of damage consistent with attempts to steal them.

Detectives learned of a suspicious person who had been seen in the area prior to the crimes being committed. Detectives obtained a description of a suspect who had been in the area at the time of the incidents. That suspect was identified as Robert Matthew Johnson.

During the course of the investigation the stolen vehicle was entered into a national database. At approximately 10:00 p.m. Tuesday officers with Cornelius Police Department attempted to stop the stolen vehicle. According to the news release, Johnson was driving the car. He attempted to escape and crashed the car into a building, then ran on foot before being captured.

Johnson was given an $80,000 secured bond on the Iredell County charges. It was learned that Johnson had outstanding probation violation warrants and was given no bond on those charges. He has a District Court appearance October 8.

City of Morganton crews will be performing work today (September 26) that will interrupt electric and COMPAS service for some customers on Ervin Road. Crews will be removing a tree that is leaning over power lines on Ervin Road, in order to prevent it from falling in a storm or other event and causing extensive damage.

Customers at 406, 519, 520, 521 and 523 Ervin Road will be without power and COMPAS service for approximately five hours, starting at 8 a.m. when crews begin work. No other interruptions to services are expected as a result of the work. Should any interruption to services occur, customers can call the City of Morganton Electric Services at (828) 438-5277.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man, 29-year-old Edward Clifford Garrett of Cherryville. He was last seen in western Lincoln County on August 26 of this year.

Mr. Garrett borrowed a vehicle from a Cherryville resident over the weekend of August 25 and was going to western Lincoln County to visit a friend. He was last seen at the residence on the 200 block of Highway 274 early Sunday morning, August 26.

He reportedly left the residence, heading back home to Cherryville, but never arrived. On Monday, August 27, the vehicle was found unoccupied, parked on the side of the road on Dave Heafner Road in Crouse.

Garrett is described as a white male, 5'6" tall, weighing 145 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Garrett has a Superman tattoo on his right arm and a Tasmanian devil tattoo on his left arm.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Edward Clifford Garrett should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

20-year-old Cheyenne Alexia Kenniston of Hickory was arrested today (September 25) in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Katyln Michelle Wittcop in July of this year. Kenniston was served with an indictment for second-degree murder.

At about 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, Hickory Police responded Ms. Wittcop’s residence on 13th Avenue N.E. in reference a possible shooting. Upon arrival, Officers found the victim, Ms. Wittcop, deceased. During the incident, Kenniston allegedly discharged a firearm, fatally injuring Ms. Wittcop.

Kenniston was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.

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