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24-year-old George Aaron Rhinehardt of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of larceny and one felony count of possession of stolen goods or property.

He was arrested in connection to an incident in April of last year. On April 11, 2014, Officers responded to the Style Exchange, a second-hand store, on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory in reference to a man at the store attempting to sell seven stolen watches.

The victim, a Hickory man, was acquainted with Rhinehardt, who had been in his home the previous day. The victim contacted the manager at the Style Exchange to be on the alert for the stolen watches.

Warrants for Rhinehardt’s arrest were issued on February 5. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 6:45 yesterday evening. It’s not clear why the delay between the incident, the issuance of warrants and the actual arrest. Most of the watches were recovered.

Rhinehardt was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 24 in Newton.

50-year-old Robert Paul Mclaughlin of Key Field Loop in Linville was arrested today (Wednesday, April 22) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of controlled substance. Following the arrest, Mclaughlin was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

19-year-old Charles Tyler Watson of SW Hibriten Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Watson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday, he’s scheduled to be in District Court again on June 29.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has scheduled an open house at it’s newest Career Connections Center in Lenoir on Wednesday, April 29. The center actually began operating last summer, partnering with other community and educational agencies to provide job services. The purpose of the open house is to educate the community on the services offered at the Caldwell County Career Connections Center. Goodwill invites the public to attend the open house on the 29th from 2-4 p.m. It will be held at the Career Connections Center which is located at 960 Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir.

The new center offers career services to job-seekers, most of which are free. A computer lab is open Monday through Thursday afternoons at no cost to job seekers, and computer classes are offered twice a week, that is in partnership with Caldwell Community College. The center also serves veterans through the Operation: GoodJobs initiative, a national partnership between Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation that connects veterans and their families with the resources they need to obtain meaningful employment and financial stability.

Services are available by appointment by calling 828-758-8642. The Caldwell County Career Center’s hours are Monday from 9-11 a.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to Noon, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon. On Wednesday the center will be open from appointments or workshops and it will be closed Friday.

In addition to the Lenoir site, Goodwill operates Career Connections Centers in Buncombe, Davidson, Forsyth, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry and Wilkes Counties. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Inc., serves the community by providing employment and training programs that help people find jobs and reach financial stability. Programs are largely funded through the sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores. For more information, visit www.goodwillnwnc.org.

26-year-old Justin Alexander Rudisill was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to paper currency machines and second degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Rudisill was jailed in Morganton under $26,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 22).

35-year-old Benjamin Charles Lagunas of Hunawill Street in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 14 counts of failure to appear. The court appearances were scheduled for charges including breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, habitual felon, break or enter a motor vehicle, obtain property by false pretense, break or enter a boat, misdemeanor larceny, habitual breaking and entering, and attempt to break or enter a building. Following the arrest, Lagunas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $330,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 22).

42-year-old Susan Michelle Fox of Crowe Dairy Road in Forest City was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with one count of felony larceny. Following the arrest, Fox was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 12.

29-year-old Ryan Chrishane Johnson of 8th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony attempt to break or enter a building, felony possession of cocaine, breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and habitual breaking and entering status offender. Following the arrest, Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $53,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (April 24).

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 04:35

Two Suspects Named In Vehicle Theft

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Investigators have identified the people they believe stole a 1966 Ford Mustang from Old Fort on April 10. Charges have been filed, but the two are on the run from authorities. One of the suspects is from Burke County, the other is from Caldwell County.

Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for 35-year-old Jason Alan Laws, of 1025 Iron Lane in Morganton, and 32-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins, of 2106 Ollis Place in Lenoir, for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.

The Mustang, owned by Charles Sult, of Asheville, and valued at $25,000, was stolen from a garage on Oakdale Road. The culprit made off with the car by driving it through the garage door.

Property owners found the stolen automobile on a piece of wooded land in Caldwell County Thursday morning, April 16. The car was heavily damaged and stripped of parts.

An investigation led Manis to Laws and Perkins. Laws is described as a white male who stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is also wanted in Florida for reckless driving; in Montana for assaulting and obstructing an officer, contempt of court, driving while license revoked and no liability insurance; and in Burke County for driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, aggressive driving and fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag.

Perkins is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. She has blonde hair and green eyes. She is also wanted in Burke County for two counts of misdemeanor larceny. They are possibly driving a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Laws and/or Perkins is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 or McDowell County Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Both Crimestoppers and the owner of the Mustang are offering cash rewards.

Detectives with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a crime that took place last month.

A larceny occurred at the Dollar General store on the Old Mocksville Highway on March 25. Surveillance video captured photos of the female in question.

Anyone with information regarding the larceny should contact Detective Sergeant J. Wyatt at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.