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39-year-old Bo Lucas Hicks and 56-year-old Elisa Killian Robertson, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o'clock Friday night (July 3). Hicks was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and Robertson was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Both suspects were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested when Hickory Police Officers on foot patrol at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. noticed the odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. After making contact with the room's occupants, Officers found 5.2 grams of marijuana, 0.7 grams of methamphetamine, and six grams of M.D.M.A. (ecstasy). Two of the four occupants were arrested without incident at the hotel.

Hicks and Robertson were both jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court yesterday (July 6) in Newton.

21-year-old Olivia Texanna Ray of Haven Circle S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 4) on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. The warrants for her arrest were issued in Caldwell County on April 27 of this year. Ray was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. She was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for September 14 in Lenoir.

46-year-old Jonathan Andreas Linebarger of 6th Avenue S.E. in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 5) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged as an habitual felon. The initial incident and arrest took place in October of last year. Warrants for Linebarger's most recent arrest were issued on June 22.

He was taken into custody without incident just before 1 a.m. Sunday at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Linebarger was processed and released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (July 7) in Newton.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 06:49

Lenoir Man Charged With Cruelty To Animals

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35-year-old Jordan Daniel Newman of Harrisburg Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony cruelty to animals. Newman was released on $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 27.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:13

Lenoir Man Charged With Statutory Sex Offense

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39-year-old Cristian Mejia Paz of Brush Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory sex offense with a child by an adult. Paz was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (July 8).

40 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday (July 6) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 1,011, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 17 in Catawba County, the highest total reported since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At least 454 COVID-19 patients had recovered in Catawba County and there had been 3,559 negative test results.

A COVID-19 outbreak was reported Monday at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Caldwell Correctional Center. Two employees at the minimum security facility tested positive for COVID-19. In congregate living settings, an outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases within a 28-day period. The facility is working closely with the Health Department to slow the spread of the virus.

Three additional residents at Brockford Inn Assisted Living tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases at the facility to 50 (35 residents and 15 employees). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services requires employees and residents who test negative for COVID-19 to be retested at least every seven days. The Caldwell County Health Department is conducting testing for Brockford. A total of nine COVID-19 cases were reported Monday in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 519, with four deaths. 15 Caldwell County coronavirus patients were hospitalized and at least 254 patients had recovered.

The Monday update from Burke County Public Health shows 1,093 COVID-19 cases in Burke County, the most recent update over the weekend from the county's online COVID-19 dashboard showed 1,088. There were 20 coronavirus related deaths reported in Burke County as of Monday and seven people were hospitalized. At least 836 patients had recovered.

Alexander County Public Health reported 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, 29 more than the previous update which was issued by the county last week. There were 48 people in quarantine, one patient in the hospital, one coronavirus-related death, and 82 people who had fully recovered.

 

39-year-old Robert Alan Stilwell was arrested Sunday (July 5) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Stilwell was arrested just before noon on Sunday at an address on Fernwood Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for July 27.

53-year-old Larry Allen Miller of Conover and 48-year-old Renae Chandler Michael of Charlotte were arrested Sunday (July 5) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. they're both charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and attempted larceny along with misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering.

Sunday afternoon, Alexander County 911 received a call from a man who had two individuals held at gunpoint at his residence. Officers responded to a residence on Highway 127 in the Ellendale Community. After arriving on the scene, officers met with Larry Allen Miller. Officers asked what he was doing at the residence. Miller told them that he had run out of gas and knocked on the door of the residence and no one came to the door.

Miller told officers that he then walked around the property looking for old cars. Officers found a black trashbag that had been filled with different food items, such as ice cream and popsicles that were still frozen. There was also a five-gallon can of gas that had been taken from a vehicle. The vehicle that the suspects were driving had been driven behind the residence with limbs laid over the vehicle.

Renae Chandler Michael was found by police at the scene. Officers approached Michael. She had an unidentified white substance on her pocketbook. It was later discovered that the crawlspace underneath the residence had been entered, and the white substance was lye that the homeowner had put under the residence.

Bond for each suspect was set at $20,000 secured. They remained in the Alexander County Detention Center as of earlier today (July 7). The next District Court appearance for each suspect is scheduled for July 27.

40 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today (July 6) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 1,011, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 17 in Catawba County, the highest total reported since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. At least 454 COVID-19 patients had recovered in Catawba County and there had been 3,559 negative test results.

The Monday update from Burke County Public Health shows 1,093 COVID-19 cases in Burke County, the most recent update over the weekend from the county's online COVID-19 dashboard showed 1,088. There are 20 coronavirus related deaths in Burke County and seven people were hospitalized. At least 836 patients had recovered.

Just before 10:30 a.m. today (July 6), Hickory Police and Hickory Fire were called to respond to what was reported as damage to a vehicle from a possible explosive device at an address on Tate Boulevard. Upon arrival, representatives from the business pointed out a vehicle parked next to the building that had been damaged by what appeared to be multiple rocks. Employees also pointed out several buckets next to the building that they believed to be suspicious.

The North Carolina State Bureau Of Investigation (SBI) was contacted to assist in determining if the suspicious buckets contained any explosive devices. No items were determined to be explosive devices or contained explosives. Additionally, it was determined, from information received from the Forest Service that there were lightning strikes in that specific area in the early morning hours. Although the case is still being investigated, it is likely that the rocks may have been a result of a lightning strike to the roof of the building.

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