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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 05:12

Hiddenite Man Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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57-year-old Roger Dean Barlow of Wayfound Church Road in Hiddenite was arrested Monday (February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, common law forgery, and common law uttering. Barlow was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 12).

34-year-old Joshua Landon Walker of Sides Avenue in Connelly Springs was served a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:15 Friday night (February 5) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in March of last year when Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle in the parking lot with drug paraphernalia in it. As Police were looking at the vehicle, a man from a room at the hotel locked the vehicle, using his key fob.

Officers approached the man, Joshua Walker, and found that he had an outstanding warrant from Long View on the felony meth charge. A search turned up several syringes on Walker’s person. Two were empty and one contained a crystallized residue.

Walker was taken into custody without incident Friday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today, with a Superior Court date coming up on May 16.

35-year-old William Mckinley Lefevers of Dragstrip Road in Hudson was arrested Friday (February 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and one felony count of larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Lefevers was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

Monday, 08 February 2016 11:30

Hickory Woman Faces Felony B&E; Larceny Charges

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37-year-old Margaret Louise Lynch of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:20 yesterday afternoon (February 7) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and habitual larceny.

She was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. Upon arrival, Officers saw a male subject walking across the parking lot at the Budget Inn, across from the Wal-Mart store. Officers stopped the man in the parking lot and spoke to him there.

They learned of a second subject, Margaret Lynch, in room at the hotel where she lives. Officers went to the room where they found Lynch with the stolen food items, including a Straw-Ber-Rita, a turkey roast bacon wrap, Frappuccino, shredded lettuce, cheese, sliced ham, a roast beef sub, ground beef, sausage patties and bacon, all valued at $32.

Lynch, who had previously been banned from the Wal-Mart store, was taken into custody without incident. The male was not charged. Lynch was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

50-year-old Scott Anthony Sanborn was arrested today (Monday, February 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, possession of stolen goods, and misdemeanor child abuse. Sanborn was placed in jail under $16,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (February 9) in Morganton.

39-year-old Harold Thomas Messer was arrested Sunday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Messer was jailed in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

17-year-old Oshia Jazhane Rice and 22-year-old Tyshala Tenae Tipps, both of the same 19th Street N.W. address in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Friday afternoon (February 5). Rice was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny. Tipps was arrested on five outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. She was also charged with second-degree trespass.

They were arrested after Officers responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. An employee saw Rice taking items without paying. Those items included slippers, curtains and toothpicks. Tipps was with Rice at the time.

Both subjects had previously been banned from the store. They were detained by Loss Prevention Officers until H.P.D. arrived and took the two women into custody without incident.

The two were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Rice set at $7,500, secured, while Tipps was given a $10,500 secured bond. Rice was scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 8). Tipps has a court date on March 9.

18-year-old Tavior Shawnte Imes of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory and 19-year-old Marquavious Kelsey Sudderth of North College Avenue in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count each of common law robbery and felony conspiracy.

The two were charged in connection to a robbery late Friday night at the Fast Track store on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. The incident occurred just after midnight as two black males entered the store and implied that they had a gun. They reached across the counter and took an undisclosed sum of cash from the store. The two then fled in a vehicle. At least one employee and one customer were present at the time. No one was injured.

A short time later, Newton Police stopped a 2001 silver Buick LeSabre for speeding. Imes and Sudderth matched the suspect descriptions from the Fast Track robbery.

They were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $35,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (February 8) in Newton.

53-year-old Danny Tildon Harris was arrested Sunday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault on a female. Harris was placed in jail in Morganton under $27,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

Monday, 08 February 2016 06:32

Bank Robbery Suspect Reportedly Killed In Gunfight

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The suspect in an Iredell County bank robbery was shot and killed in a reported gunfight with deputies.

Last Friday, (February 5), at approximately 5 p.m. an alarm was received in the Iredell County Emergency Communication Center from the Capital Bank at 1439 West Memorial Hwy in Union Grove. As Deputies were responding to the bank it was confirmed a robbery had occurred and according to witnesses the suspects note stated he was armed with a gun. The suspect was described as an hispanic or a white male last seen running from the bank.
 
Deputies arrived on the scene and officers from the NC Highway Patrol assisted in establishing a tight perimeter in the area in order to contain the suspect and keep him isolated away from residential neighborhoods. After two hours of attempting to locate the suspect with K-9 units, he was found in a wooded area south of West Memorial Hwy. After several commands from Deputies, the suspect fired on Deputies, who in turn returned fire. The suspect, who was later identified as 51-year-old Vinson Ray Strickland of Arden Avenue in Kannapolis, was killed during the exchange of gunfire. The suspect’s vehicle was located at a nearby business later that night by detectives.

The Deputies that were involved have been placed on administrative leave. They are Derrick Stutts, Leonard Hayes, and Carl Adams. The North Carolina SBI will be conducting an investigation into the incident at the request of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.