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Friday, 24 April 2015 05:13

Man Charged With First Degree Rape Of A Child

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40-year-old Marcus Jerome Briggs of West Front Street in Statesville was arrested Monday (April 20) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of first degree rape of a child and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

According to a news release issued Thursday (April 23) a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office on April 9 in reference to the sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. The victim reported they were sexually assaulted by a family member, Marcus Jerome Briggs. The victim stated the sexual abuse began in 2005 and continued on for several years.  

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit and the child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation Briggs was arrested. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 6. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be possible.

A clerk reportedly shot a man in the head Thursday after he tried to steal a chainsaw from an Alexander County store.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon at Beasley's Power Equipment on Highway 16 in Taylorsville. According to published reports, a man ran out of the store with an expensive chainsaw and reportedly got into a vehicle and started driving away.

According to the report, the clerk ran out of the store after the man and fired two shots at the vehicle. One of those shots hit the driver of the car in the head. The published reports say the car then pulled over a few hundred yards away and the passenger and driver switched seats before heading down Highway 16, where they were stopped by police.

The man who was shot was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was last reported to be in serious condition. Two other men in the car, 34-year-old Jonathan Andrew Akers and 50-year-old Bobby Dean Pearson were arrested and charged with felony larceny.

Taylorsville Police have not released any information about possible charges but said they are interviewing the clerk about the incident. They said the attempted robbery is similar to the theft of a chainsaw from a Morganton store on Wednesday. The names of the store clerk and the man who was shot have not been released.

The Annual Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down will be held today (Friday, April 24) at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds on US Highway 70 West. The event will feature several services for veterans in need including medical and dental care, food, clothing, education, tax assistance, employment counseling, eye care, haircuts, shoes, community resources, outdoor supplies, pastoral counseling, and fellowship. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans from several counties will be served. Those counties include Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes. For more information check out the Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Facebook or go to their website www.foothillsstanddown.com

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two suspects who were wanted for an auto larceny from McDowell County. Arrested were 35-year-old Jason Alan Laws of Iron Lane in Morganton and 32-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins of Ollis Place in Lenoir. They were arrested on multiple charges not only from Caldwell County but they were also wanted in several surrounding counties.         

At 9:51 PM on Wednesday (April 22) deputies attempted to stop a roll back wrecker on the Deerbrook Road in western Caldwell County. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit began. The vehicle traveled several other roads in an attempt to elude officers. At one intersection two officers deployed stop sticks in the path of the roll back wrecker. The wrecker hit the sticks and punctured a tire. At the intersection of Rocky Road and Deerbrook Road, the wrecker missed the turn and entered the fairway of the Coves golf course. The wrecker then crashed into a golf cart bridge and came to a stop. After a short foot pursuit Mr. Laws was taken into custody.

After Laws was taken into custody information was developed that Perkins was at Gamewell Superette in a pickup truck. With the assistance of the Lenoir Police Department Perkins was taken into custody. During the investigation it was learned that the roll back wrecker that Laws was driving and the pickup truck Perkins was driving were both stolen vehicles.

The investigation into these two suspects was started when a stolen classic Ford Mustang was found stripped in a wooded area of Caldwell County. That vehicle was taken from McDowell County.

Laws is charged with Breaking and Entering, Larceny from McDowell County. Resist Delay Obstruct a Public Officer, Driving While License Revoked and Aggressive Driving from Burke County and Possession of Stolen Vehicle and numerous traffic violations in relation to the chase from Caldwell County. He has bonds totaling $210,000 and is being held in the Caldwell County Detention Center.

Perkins has been charged with Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Misdemeanor Larceny from Caldwell County. She was also charged with Misdemeanor Larceny from Burke County and Breaking and Entering and Larceny from McDowell County. She is being held under $105,000 bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:49

FRMC Plants Dogwood in Celebration of Arbor Day

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In celebration of Arbor Day and in support of the City of Hickory’s Earth Day initiative, Frye Regional Medical Center administration and staff on Wednesday (April 22) planted a dogwood tree on the grassy knoll by the Outpatient Therapy entrance facing North Center Street.

Catawba Science Center Lead Naturalist Bruce Beerbower took part in the tree planting ceremony by providing a brief history on the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and speaking about the dogwood tree. The Catawba Science Center will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with the “Growing a Green Future” event.

Frye associates will continue through May 15 to engage in activities and events that increase awareness of the environment, create positive change and educate employees, patients and community members about sustainability at Frye.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:36

Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down Friday

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The Annual Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down will be held tomorrow (Friday, April 24) at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds on US Highway 70 West. The event will feature several services for veterans in need including medical and dental care, food, clothing, education, tax assistance, employment counseling, eye care, haircuts, shoes, community resources, outdoor supplies, pastoral counseling, and fellowship. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans from several counties will be served. Those counties include Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Watauga, and Wilkes. For more information check out the Foothills Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Facebook or go to their website www.foothillsstanddown.com

33-year-old Zachary Cecil Lawing of Walker Road in Maiden was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and 2nd degree kidnapping.

Deputies and detectives responded to 3440 Walker Road in Maiden after the caller said there was a possible break-in in progress and the Communications Center reported hearing a gun shot. The caller then reported an individual ran into the woods towards his grandparents’ home as deputies arrived on the scene. During the investigation it was discovered Zachary Lawing had fired one round into kitchen wall and had fired three rounds from the pistol into basement area of residence where he lived. No one was located in the residence and all outside doors were found locked except the basement door exited by caller.

Officers reported seeing an individual armed with a handgun in the woods and began to pursue him on foot. After being given numerous commands to drop the weapon by the officers the individual complied and was detained. Officers recovered a .357 Magnum revolver with four spent shells. Lawing, was taken into custody during the investigation. Several controlled substances and drug paraphernalia was also recovered at residence.

On June 13, 2012 a similar incident occurred when a person described as dressed in black and armed with a handgun entered the home of Lawing’s grandparents on Goodson Road through an unlocked side door. The man demanded money and medication. He did not take the money but did leave with medication described as Methadone. No one was injured in the incident.

The robbery and kidnapping charges are connected to the June 2012 case. Lawing was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. Drug related charges are pending.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:12

Woman Reports Theft of $65K in Jewelry

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A 57-year-old woman has filed a police report regarding the theft of jewelry from a safe deposit box at a local bank. The victim estimates the value of the stolen items at $65,000.

The woman said she placed the jewelry in the box in March of 2014. She next checked the box a year later and found the items -- including gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings – missing. The victim told Police she approached bank staff in an effort to go through proper channels.

She filed the police report yesterday (April 22) on the advice of her attorney.

Hickory Police are investigating.

23-year-old Olivia Ann Randolph was arrested Wednesday (April 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Randolph was placed in jail under $1,200 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 23).

26-year-old Izaak Benton Watkins was arrested Wednesday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Watkins was placed in jail under no bond on the charge filed Wednesday. Bond on previous charges filed against him was set at $61,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 4.