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Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Fast Track Convenience Store in Hildebran off of Interstate 40, exit 119.

The incident occurred just after 5:30 Sunday morning (January 15).  Deputies responded to the scene and spoke to the store clerk.  The clerk said a black male walked into the store, pulled something from his pants pocket and demanded money.  The suspect took money and other items from the store.  He then got into his vehicle, which was parked at the gas pumps, and fled the scene, heading towards Henry River Road.  

The suspect was described as a black male, about five feet tall with dreads.  He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.  The suspect vehicle is a mid-90s model gold Mitsubishi.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division is working the case.  Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Morganton City workers were in the process of shutting off water service to a section of NC 181 to repair a water line break. At least 50 customers will be affected on NC 181 from Harmon Street to Henderson Mill Road, including side streets. Workers expect to make the repair and turn the water back by approximately 2 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

26-year-old Joshua Shane Strickland of Blackburn Ridge Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:25 Saturday night (January 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to the parking lot at the Big Lots store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory to perform a health check on a subject who was asleep in a black Nissan Sentra.  Officers woke the man, Joshua Strickland, and saw a prescription pill bottle containing a small amount of marijuana.  Strickland refused medical treatment.

A subsequent search turned up three used syringes and half of a Xanax pill.  In all, 0.7 grams of methamphetamine and 0.6 grams of marijuana were found.

Strickland was taken into custody without incident.  He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with no bond amount listed.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 17) in Newton.

Strickland also has a District Court date coming up on January 23 for multiple felony breaking & entering and larceny charges, as well as a number of vehicular offenses.  He will also appear in Superior Court on felony meth charge on March 6, all in Newton.

The annual Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign removed thousands of impaired drivers from roadways. State and local law enforcement arrested and charged 2,664 drivers for driving while impaired, of which 2,400 were alcohol-related and 264 were drug-related.

During the four-week campaign, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina issued 108,951 traffic and criminal violations at 8,439 sobriety-checking stations and saturation patrols.

The number of fatalities resulting from an impaired driver dropped 16.7 percent compared to 2015, with 359 deaths in North Carolina in 2016. The Booze It & Lose It education and enforcement campaign has created increased awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as the penalties associated with driving while impaired for the past 22 years.

There were no Hickory Metro area counties in the top five for DWI arrests during the Holiday Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign. Those top five counties were Wake with 247,  Guilford with 177, Mecklenburg with 162, Cumberland with 117, and Forsyth County with 110. Burke County had the most DWI arrests in the Hickory Metro with 43, Catawba had 15, Caldwell had ten, and there were five DWI arrests in Alexander County.

27-year-old Cory Eugene Hefner of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight Friday (January 13) on true bills of indictment for the sale of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth, the sale of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and two counts for the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park.

Hefner was taken into custody without incident at the Wendy’s restaurant on 16th Street N.E., just off of Springs Road in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was set for January 17 in Newton.

A Special Meeting of the City of Hickory's Community Relations Council will be held on Wednesday (January 18) at 5:30 p.m. at the Floyd W. Lucas Jr. Police Headquarters, in the Multipurpose Training Room at 347 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory.  

During the meeting council members will take the oath of office. There will be a budget update. The 2017/2018 work plan will be discussed and developed. The plan is due to be completed February 7 and will be presented to City Council on March 7.

22-year-old Darriel Marquis Jefferson of 39th Street Circle SW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, January 17) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Jefferson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

44-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez was arrested Monday (January 16) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. Juarez was arrested at an address on the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Juarez was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 17).

24-year-old Richard Harlond Fuller was arrested Monday (January 16) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Fuller was arrested at an address on North Street in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, he was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, January 17).

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:58

Vehicle Theft Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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46-year-old Berlie Leonard Michael III who is listed as a homeless man from Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. Michael was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 17).

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