36-year-old Richard Alan Kruger of Gaston, South Carolina has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers for felony statutory rape of a child by an adult and nine counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Events leading to his arrest began on May 8 when a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office regarding a sexual assault involving a 12-year-old female. The victim reported to a school staff member she had been sexually assaulted by a friend of the family.
Iredell County D.S.S. was informed of the allegations. A safety plan was placed into effect by D.S.S. because the suspect lived in the same home as the victim.
The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center where the suspect was identified as Richard Alan Kruger. The victim said Kruger sexually assaulted her multiple times in multiple locations in and around Mooresville. The incidents allegedly occurred from the summer of 2018 through May of this year. Detectives interviewed several other witnesses and gathered evidence.
Arrest warrants were issued and Kruger was entered as a wanted person on the Iredell County "Most Wanted" list. He was arrested on May 29 by Officers with the Lexington County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. Kruger was extradited back to Iredell County on Monday (June 10). He was held under a $1-million secured bond. He'll appear in District Court on July 2.
57-year-old George Mitchell Rhinehardt, Jr. of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (June 12) on one felony count of habitual larceny or shoplifting.
Rhinehardt was arrested after Officers responded to a larceny call at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer allegedly saw the suspect conceal merchandise and exit the store without paying.
Rhinehardt was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
24-year-old Tadeshiana Anquasha Stamps of Jamestown Road Morganton was arrested today (June 13) by Hickory Police at a residence near 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was arrested on a felony warrant out of Burke County. Stamps was taken into custody shortly after midnight and placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in the superior court in Morganton on July 29.
50-year-old Carol Ann Suddreth of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (June 12) on one count of felony uttering a forged instrument, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, and one count of misdemeanor possession of stolen property. The suspect was taken into custody after attempting to cash a fraudulent check at Capitol Bank on 3rd Street N.E.
She was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $21,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in district court in Newton today. While in custody, Suddreth was served with two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for larceny. The court date for those charges was set for June 24 in district court in Newton.
50-year-old Robert Steven Hawkins of Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Hawkins was released on $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 13).
36-year-old Suzanne Lee Penley of Sunset Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Penley was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 13).
42-year-old Tyrone Christian Schmid of Emerald Place S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 13) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun.
Schmid was arrested after Officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 321 near 2nd Avenue N.W. During the stop, Police found 19.5 grams of methamphetamine, 6.2 grams of marijuana, a 9mm handgun, ten white pills, and drug paraphernalia.
Schmid was taken into custody without incident at about 12:35 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Morganton Public Safety is investigating an early-morning armed robbery at a convenience store on South Sterling Street.
Just before 5 a.m. today (June 13), the Speedway store on South Sterling Street was robbed by three black males with handguns. All three men were wearing dark clothing. No injuries were reported.
Officers are searching for two suspects on Mineral Springs Mountain Road. The third suspect stole a white 2008 G.M.C. single-cab truck owned by the City of Morganton. The truck is a water department vehicle and has the city seal on the door.
Citizens should not approach the men and should use caution if they encounter the suspects. Anyone with information regarding the suspects should call 9-1-1 or call Morganton Public Safety at 828-437-1211 or Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
71-year-old Robert Lewis Stephens has been found dead in Denver, N.C. as the result of a gunshot wound. On June 8, Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 4,500 block of N.C. 16 Business Highway North in reference to a subject with a gunshot wound.
Mr. Stephens was found in a sitting position on the sofa with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. No pulse was found. Mr. Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lincoln County Detectives are conducting an ongoing investigation.
30-year-old Joseph Scott Fielding of Fox Run Drive in Statesville, who had outstanding warrants from Rowan and Cabarrus counties, has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. He faces felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony probation violation and four domestic violence protection order violations, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, assault by pointing a gun, and failure to heed a light or siren.
On Tuesday (June 11), the Rowan Co. Sheriff’s Office contacted the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office and requested assistance in locating Fielding on the outstanding warrants for the domestic violence protection order violations and firearms-related charges. Officers went to Fielding's last known address in northern Iredell County.
Deputies spoke with Fielding's family, who said the suspect had left the residence early that morning driving a white passenger car. The information was relayed to other Officers in the area, who spotted the vehicle about a half-mile from the Wilkesboro Highway on Snow Creek Road.
Additional Deputies responded and launched a search for Fielding utilizing a number of resources, including an Iredell County K-9 Unit and a drone. After an extensive search, Fielding was found hiding in a field off of the Wilkesboro Highway. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Fielding was given a $47,500 secured bond on the narcotics and weapons charges. He was held without bond on the domestic-related charges. District Court appearances in Rowan County were set for June 14 & 24. On August 30, Fielding has District Court dates in Rowan, Iredell, and Cabarrus counties, with a Superior Court appearance scheduled on the same date in Rowan County.
The North Carolina Department of Corrections has verified that Fielding is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He has a criminal history that includes felony counts of breaking & entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods and single misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering, carrying a concealed weapon, hit & run with failure to stop, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession a spring-loaded knife.
According to a news release issued by Catawba County Officials, from now until June 28, 2019, residents affected by the recent flooding can dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to register for free cleanup assistance, such as mud-out, tarping and tree-cutting. Calls will be accepted between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. daily.
NC 2-1-1 will share the information with relief agencies in the area who will assist residents as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed to due expected overwhelming need.
This voluntary relief effort was initiated by Catawba County Emergency Services and is being coordinated by NC 2-1-1, the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the nonprofit organization Crisis Cleanup.
NC 2-1-1 can also provide information about local resources for other needs, such as food, clothing and health and human services.
36-year-old Paul William Kennell was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of stolen goods and failure to appear on a felony. Kennell was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday at a residence on Devinney Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $27,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 8.
46-year-old George Earl Long of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child. Long was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 22.
Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park and the boardwalk at Glenn C. Hilton,
Jr. Memorial Park in Hickory have been reopened. All Hickory City parks are now open. However, the following park amenities remain closed until further notice:
The soccer fields at Henry Fork Regional Recreation Park are closed. The lower parking lot of Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park is closed until mud and debris can be removed. The Winkler Park hiking trail is closed for bridge repair.
Park visitors are asked to use caution around the playgrounds. Crews are in the process of replacing washed out ground cover in those areas and removing fallen trees from Fairbrook Optimist Dog Park and Cliff Teague Park.