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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 05:39

Stolen Vehicle Charge Filed In Burke County

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36-year-old John Wesley Hooper was arrested Sunday (May 24) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Hooper was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for June 9 in Morganton.

The City of Hickory will be installing a new sidewalk and curb and gutter, beginning Wednesday (May 27). This will be occurring along a portion of 9th Avenue, SE that lies between Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and 15th Street, SE, and, also, along 15th Street, SE from 9th Avenue, SE to Tate Blvd, SE. This street is known to locals as Punches Hill.

The project will include new storm drainage, some decorative retaining walls, new curb and gutter on the south side and new sidewalk for pedestrian traffic on a portion of the south side of 9th Avenue, NE, along with landscaping and new resurfacing, once the project is complete. This sidewalk and street improvement project will greatly improve pedestrian safety and enhance the feel of the street.

The project will take approximately 120 days to complete, depending on weather. This will necessitate the need for this section of roadway to be closed, except for local traffic only, during the construction period. Local residents will have access at all times with minor delays. The project work hours will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., until school lets out for summer break, to allow for free travel of school buses. Once school is out, the work hours will change to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for the evening commute traffic to flow freely. The street will be reopened at the close of each workday to allow for normal traffic flow.

The appropriate signage will be installed to allow for the public to take alternative routes to avoid this construction zone and to minimize delays. Please follow signage and flaggers when the work zone is active to insure the safety of the workers and the traveling public.

Please feel free to direct any questions pertaining to the project to Steve Miller, Assistant Public Services Director or Brian Tart, Street Division Supervisor at (828) 323-7500.

36-year-old Thad Ray Crawford of Emmanuel Church Road in Claremont was arrested Saturday (May 23) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen automobile, possession of a firearm by a felon, and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Crawford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (May 27).

23-year-old Andrew David McClellan of West Berkley Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with breaking or entering and injury to real property. Following the arrest, McClellan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, May 26) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 17.

The front entrance to Morganton City Hall and the front payment drop box will be closed next week (May 24-31) while Verizon Wireless adds a new cell phone antenna to the Morganton Trading Company water tank.

Residents will be able to park in the front parking lot at City Hall, but they will have to walk around to the courtyard to enter the building. Residents can also park or use the payment drop box in the rear parking lot. The front entrance should be back open Monday, June 1.

A woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a boating accident on Lake James. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reports the accident involved two married couples who were on a pontoon boat across from East Shores on Lake James around 1 p.m. Sunday. According to published reports, a spokesman for North Carolina Wildlife says the four people had left a cabin on East Shores on the boat when the operator of the boat became distracted for a short time.

According to the reports, when the operator looked up, he saw that the boat was about to hit a dock. The front of the boat hit the dock and a husband and wife from Charlotte were thrown forward and sustained head injuries.

The husband was airlifted to the Morganton campus of Carolinas HealthCare Blue Ridge and his wife was transported by ambulance. 64-year-old Sherry Renegar was pronounced dead at the Morganton hospital. Her cause of death had not been determined as of Monday. 67-year-old John Renegar was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment.

According to the reports, the operator of the boat, 69-year-old Kenneth Allan Rademacher of Charlotte, was charged with misdemeanor reckless and negligent operation of a motor boat.

25-year-old Michael Andrew Reinhardt of North Grove Street in Lincolnton was arrested last Wednesday (May 20) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with Felony Breaking and Entering, and Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, victims at a residence located on the 300 block of East Sycamore Street in Lincolnton, filed a report with the Lincolnton Police Department in reference to a breaking and entering and larceny at the residence. The victims told police that a laptop computer and items of jewelry were taken during the crime.

The case was assigned to Det. Robert Hayes of the Lincolnton Police Department for investigation. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Michael Andrew Reinhardt committed the breaking and entering.

According to a news release from the Lincolnton Police Department, Reinhardt has prior convictions for Sell / Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Conspire to Sell / Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Misdemeanor Larceny. The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

Reinhardt was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $12,800 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 8.

If anyone has any information about this operation or any other criminal investigation, please contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or call the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909. Calls made to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously and the caller is eligible for up to a $1,000 reward if an arrest is made in the case.

If anyone has any questions about this operation, please contact Det. Robert Hayes, lead investigator in the case, at (704) 736-8900.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 03:28

Husband And Wife Charged With Drug Offenses

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46-year-old Billy Joe Reynolds, and his wife, 43-year-old Bobbie Shawn Reynolds, both of Shoal Road in Crouse, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with one felony count of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance. They were also charged with misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. In addition Billy Reynolds was charged with Probation Violation.

Operating on a tip from the community about drugs in a residence, Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies and State Probation and Parole officers went to the home in the 2600 block of Shoal Road Friday where they received consent to search the residence.

During the search Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies R.L.White and M. Wise assisted Probation and Parole in searching the home where they found nearly a gram of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and separate containers of Schedules II, III and IV prescription medication. Both suspects were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $14,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today.

Citizens are encouraged to call in drugs tips to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8422, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Friday, 22 May 2015 14:11

Lenoir Man Charged with Sexual Battery

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57-year-old Danny Lee Harshaw of N.W. Wilson Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday on one count of sexual battery. He was given a $2,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

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31-year-old Misty Dawn Woody of Glass Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 21) for possession of stolen goods or property. Following her arrest, Woody was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.