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52-year-old Jeffery Wayne Randolph of Walters Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (April 18) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Randolph was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (Thursday, April 20).

21-year-old Wesley Thomas Johnson and 26-year-old Tanner Parks McAlpin, both of Taylorsville, were both arrested Monday (April 17) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. The two men were arrested following a traffic stop. Bond for both suspects was set at $5,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court May 1.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:53

Father And Son Arrested In Home Invasion

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A man and his son have been arrested in connection with a northern Lincoln County home invasion.

43-year-old Esteban Aguirre Martinez and 18-year-old Joshua Steven Granados, both of the same Herter Road, Lincolnton address, were arrested Tuesday (April 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They were both charged with one felony count apiece of first degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering. Both suspects were also charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault.

Jared Miller, who lives in the 4400 block of Herter Road in Lincolnton, told deputies two Hispanic males broke into his home around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday while he was asleep, and assaulted him. The victim told officers the suspects were his neighbors. He said one of the suspects was armed with a stick and the other person was armed with a knife. Miller was assaulted with the stick and threatened with the knife before the suspects left the residence.  

Miller told officers the men picked up approximately $100 in U S currency from the kitchen table as they left. EMS was dispatched to the scene but the victim refused transport to the hospital.

Following their arrests, both suspects were jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Bond for Martinez was set at $35,000 secured. Granados was locked up under $30,000 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, April 19).

Hickory City Council met in regular session last night.

Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda approved unanimously. Among the items listed under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings was the approval and acceptance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Agreement for the Pedestrian Signal Upgrade in the amount of $402,500.

The consent agenda included the acceptance of a grant award from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, in the amount of $225,000. The funds are for the development or update of an Airport Layout Plan/Master Plan and for preliminary engineering for the extension of Runway 624 at Hickory Regional Airport.

Kevin Greer presented a request to accept bid & award contract to Eastern Structures for construction of Falling Creek Rd bridge replacement. The contract amount is one-million, 258-thousand, 867 dollars 94 cents. The acceptance of bids and  the awarding of the contract passed unanimously.

City Planner, Cal Overby presented a proposal for a voluntary non-contiguous annexation of 427 25th Ave NW. Following a public hearing during which nobody spoke, the annexation passed unanimously.

Warren Wood was sworn in as City Manager. (He was legally sworn in last week, since his first day was April 10.) Later in the meeting City Manager Wood said that he looks forward to working with Council, staff, and citizens and is glad to be home.

A citizen spoke of the historic significance of the seats in the Hickory Community Theatre, where African Americans were once forced to sit. 3 additional citizens spoke on the same topic, encouraging Council to recognize the balcony as a historic site. Mayor Wright asked staff to look into what course of action should be taken regarding their request of preserving the theatre's balcony.

23-year-old Dustin Scott Goode of Delview Road in Cherryville has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of first-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny and breaking & entering.

On March 12, an 86-year-old man from Vale told Deputies he was awakened by the sound of movement in his basement.  He looked out a window and saw flashlights followed by the sound of a vehicle leaving his driveway.  The victim called 9-1-1 and a Deputy was dispatched to his residence.  The Deputy found that the victim’s home and an outbuilding had been burglarized.

Stolen in the break-in were several antiques including pottery, oil lanterns, glass motor oil containers and milk jars, along with other items the victim had saved over his lifetime.  Detective Dan Snellings contacted local antique dealers.  With their assistance, Dustin Scott Goode was developed as a suspect.  Two of the stolen items were found at a Gastonia antique store.  Goode sold the items to the store the day after the break-in.

Goode was arrested by Cherryville Police on April 15 and turned over to authorities in Lincoln County.  The suspect was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond.

Several of the stolen items have not been recovered.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of those items should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 or Detective Snellings at 704-276-9186.

The Catawba County Social Services Board has named Karen Harrington Director of Catawba County Social Services. Harrington, who joined Social Services as Assistant Director in 2013, has been serving as Interim Director of the agency since January 10, 2017.

Harrington will be responsible for Social Services’ administrative and managerial operations, which includes oversight of the department’s budget and multi-faceted range of public assistance and prevention programs, group homes, and service agencies such as the Children’s Advocacy Center and Family NET. Harrington must also ensure program delivery is in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines.

In addition to managing existing programs, Harrington is expected to continually assess community needs and work within Social Services and in collaboration with public and private partners to meet those needs. This may include expanding programs, developing new initiatives or identifying resources, all of which is done in advisement with the Social Services Board of Directors.

Harrington’s previous responsibilities as Assistant Director involved overseeing the department’s extensive child welfare programs and prevention programming. She also supervised the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy and Protection Center and served as the Social Services liaison to the organization’s Board.

Harrington received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Minot State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the social services field as a social services caseworker, clinician, program supervisor, and administrator to her new role.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:14

Four Face Felony Drug Charges in Lincoln County

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Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers have arrested three people on drug charges.  A fourth suspect has been charged, but not arrested.

33-year-old Jonathan Lawrence Cline of Peeler Road in Vale was charged with one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a residence for a controlled substance and fraud by identity theft, plus one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.  30-year-old Holly Lynn Pope of Shepherd Court in Taylorsville and 33-year-old Shasta Marie Oxendine of Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton were each charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  39-year-old Jennifer Marie Sronce of Reeps Grove Church Road in Vale faces one count of felony possession of methamphetamine.  The warrants on Sronce have not been served.  All four suspects were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  In addition, Cline and Oxendine were each charged with non-support.

On April 14, a call about a suspicious person on the 8000 block of Reep’s Grove Church Road led Deputies to a residence on Peeler Road where illegal drugs were being used.  The subject had been carrying several camouflage bags that were left lying on the ground.  The reporting party said the man appeared to be impaired.  Officers were unable to locate him.

Deputies then went to several homes on Peeler Road before arriving at a residence where they saw, through an open door, several subjects sitting in the living room.  They saw a female with a lighter in one hand and holding a glass pipe in her mouth with the other hand.  She immediately put the pipe down and blew out smoke.

The owner gave Deputies consent to search the residence where they located various types of illegal drugs, including cocaine and liquid methamphetamine.  They also seized drug paraphernalia, including used and unused hypodermic needles, glass pipes and digital scales.  A search warrant was obtained and Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators were called to the scene to continue the search.

Following the arrests, Cline was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $127,700 secured bond.  Pope’s bond was set at $10,000, secured, and Oxendine was given a $5,750 secured bond.  They will next appear in District Court on May 2.

50-year-old Anthony Towan Roberson was arrested Monday (April 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Roberson was placed in jail in Morganton under $175,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 19).

An arrest has been made in a fatal shooting in Catawba County. 46-year-old Daniel Eric Campbell of East 1st Street in Newton has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers and charged with murder.

At approximately 4:20 p.m. Monday (April 17) deputies responded to 3317 Hamlett Drive in Claremont. When they arrived they located Eric D. Goode in the residence. He had been shot one time and was deceased when officers arrived.

According to investigators, Campbell allegedly shot Goode following an argument. Officers went to Campbell's residence and determined he was inside but would not come to the door. Members of the Catawba County STAR Team entered the residence and found Campbell in the rear bedroom. A search of the home resulted in the seizure of two grams of methamphetamine, two long guns and three pistols.

Campbell is being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 18).

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:57

Claremont Man Charged With Intimidating Witness

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33-year-old Albert Dennis Schroeder of Hamlette Drive in Claremont was arrested Monday (April 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of intimidating a witness. In addition, Schroeder is charged with misdemeanor stalking, communicating threats, and breaking and entering. Schroeder was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 18), and May 1.

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