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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.

The Catawba County Board of Elections has announced that eligible voters residing in Catawba County who wish to register for the March 15 primary election must register by Friday, February 19. During one-stop early voting beginning on March 3, an unregistered resident of Catawba County may register and vote with valid photo ID and proof of residency.

Absentee voting by mail is allowed but requests for an absentee ballot must now be made in writing on an official North Carolina Board of Elections Absentee Ballot Request Form, which may be found online at www.catawbacountync.gov/elections.  Requests must be received in the Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on March 8. The last day to return an absentee ballot in-person is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Ballots will be timely only if the envelope is postmarked on or before March 15, and received by March 18.

One-stop early voting will begin on Thursday, March 3, and end on Saturday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m. One-stop sites will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For the first time this year, one-stop voting places will also be open on a Sunday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be five one-stop locations: at the main Catawba County Library at 115 West C Street in Newton; at Conover Station, 403 Conover Station SE in Conover; at the Highland Recreation Center, 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory; at the Southwest Branch of the Catawba County Library in Mountain View at 2944 Highway 127 South in Hickory; and at the Sherrills Ford Branch of the County Library at 8456 Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford, which is a new location.

A complete schedule of polling hours for the one-stop sites may be seen at the Catawba County Government website on the elections page.  

Voters at four precincts will vote at different polling places in this year’s general election on November 8, 2016.  The voting location for Mountain View #2 (Precinct 24) has permanently moved to the Mountain View Fire Department Headquarters, 3571 Highway 127 South, Hickory, NC 28602, at the corner of Highway 127 South and Mountain Grove Church Road. The voting location for North Newton Precinct 25 has permanently moved to Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, 111 W 13th St., Newton, NC 28658, at the corner of W 13th St. and Main Avenue (Highway 16 Business) in Newton. The voting location for Oakland Heights Precinct 26 has permanently moved to Resurrection International Church, 2010 Clement Blvd. NW, Hickory, NC 28601, beside L.P. Frans Stadium.  And the voting location for Lake Norman Precinct 41 has permanently moved to Rehobeth United Methodist Church’s Connor Recreation Center at 4015 McGee Point Rd, Terrell, NC 28682 off Hob Lane, four-tenths of a mile south of Rehobeth United Methodist Church, the previous polling location.

Another change in North Carolina law requiring voters to show an ID card at the polls is scheduled to go into effect this year.  Voters who did not have an ID card in the past should have been sent information by the North Carolina Board of Elections on how to obtain an ID card.

For more information on the 2016 general elections, you may call the Catawba County Board of Elections office at 828-464-2424 or go to the county's website.

Monday, 08 February 2016 05:31

Newton Man Charged With Breaking Into Vehicle

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21-year-old Travis Hunter Edwards of Ann Avenue in Newton was arrested Saturday (February 6) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Edwards was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).

24-year-old Jordan Lee Kennedy of 1st Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 6) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. In addition, Kennedy is charged with breaking or entering, two counts of communicating threats, assault on a female, and resisting a public officer. Catawba County Sheriff's Officers also charged Kennedy with non-support of a child. Kennedy was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $86,200 bond. a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 8).