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30-year-old Michael Shane Christy of Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville was arrested May 18 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, along with single counts of attempted felony breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense.

According to a news release issued Friday (May 20) a local business on Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville was broken into two consecutive nights in a row on May 15 and 16. There was also an attempted breaking and entering at the business on April 25. The suspect developed in the case was Michael Shane Christy. The suspect resides next door to the business and since he'd moved into that residence there have been several breaking and entering incidents in the area to the neighboring homes and vehicles. The news release says Christy was also familiar with the interior of the store.

The suspect initially denied any knowledge or involvement in the incidents. However, on May 17, Christy sold some of the stolen property to another business in Mooresville for $30. Additional stolen property was also found inside the suspect's residence.  According to the news release, Christy stole merchandise and cash totalling $819.48 from the business. The items stolen include cigarettes, tobacco, various food and drink items, various household items, US Currency and an assortment of Dale Earnhardt die cast and matchbox cars.

Following his arrest, Christy was confined in the Iredell County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court June 8.

On Saturday morning (May 21) at 12:05, an officer with the Statesville Police Department was involved in a single vehicle accident with a pedestrian. The officer, who was operating a marked patrol vehicle, struck a pedestrian in the road near the intersection of S. Center St and Bell St. Iredell County EMS and Statesville Fire responded to the scene. Iredell County EMS pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene.

Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone confirmed the identity of the pedestrian as John Cousins, Jr., of Statesville and the officer driving the vehicle that struck him is Sgt. Scott Reed.  The Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation and the Statesville Police Department is cooperating with them in the release of information.

An armed robbery is under investigation in Burke County.

On Friday (May 20) at 5:54 a.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to the Shop and Save #1 at 1504 Bethel Road in reference to a report of an armed robbery. One officer spoke with the clerk while other officers canvased the area trying to locate the suspect described as a white male, wearing all black clothing.

According to Public Safety, the suspect began to look at phone chargers located near the register. After looking at the chargers, the suspect walked back to the drink coolers, opened a 12 ounce can of Dr. Pepper, drank some of the soda and walked back to the register. The suspect sat the drink can on the counter and began to pay cash for the drink. When the clerk opened the register to make change, the suspect pulled a black pistol out of his pocket and told the clerk that he was going to need all of the money in the register. After taking the money from the clerk, the suspect walked over to the phone chargers and stole one before walking out of the store. However, the suspect forgot his Dr. Pepper can sitting on the counter before making his exit.

Officers and Investigators were able to collect video footage from the store as well as the drink can the suspect left behind. The suspect appears to be between 20 and 30-years-old with no facial hair. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled over his head. He was also wearing black pants that were loose fitting and black tennis shoes with white soles. The suspect left the store walking towards I-40.

If you have any information about this crime, you are asked contact the Morganton Department of Public Safety or call 911.

48-year-old Mari Jo Rudisill of Sulphur Springs Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (May 22) by Long View Police Officers. The charges filed against Rudisill are two counts apiece of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver along with a single count of habitual felon. Rudisill was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 23).

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce announced today (Sunday, May 22) that Chamber President Danny Hearn will be retiring after a 43 year career in Chamber work which includes 12 years at the Catawba County Chamber. He will leave his position effective Friday, September 30th.

Darrell Johnson, CommunityOne Bank and Chair-Elect of the Chamber will head the Search Committee composed of the current Executive Committee and Sheree Watson, Graystone Eye and Past Chair of the Chamber. Chuck Ewart with The Ewart Group in Spartanburg, SC has been hired to conduct the search. Chuck was also President of the Catawba County Chamber from 1985 - 1995.

In making the announcement, Johnson said that "plans are to have the new Chamber President in place by the first of 2017. Lindsay Keisler, Sr. VP of the Chamber will act as Interim President for the fourth quarter of 2016."

Danny Hearn started his Chamber career as a senior at Lenoir Rhyne University in February of 1973 as a paid intern doing research at the Hickory Chamber. After graduation he was named Manager of Research and Community Development. Hearn's near 44 year Chamber career had stops in Hickory, NC; Norfolk, VA; Rockingham. NC; Statesville, NC and back to Catawba County in 2004.

The man who was pulled out of a burning home on Main Avenue Drive Northwest in Long View early last evening (Thursday, May 19) has passed away. According to published reports, 45-year-old Kevin Christenbury passed away this afternoon (Friday, May 20) at the hospital. According to reports, firefighters had to force open the front door to get to Christenbury. He was unconscious when firefighters found him. Rescue workers resuscitated Christenbury before transporting him to  the hospital for treatment. The fire is under investigation by fire officials in Long View and the Burke County Fire Marshal's Office.

60-year-old Michael Kevin Julian of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child under the age of 13. Detectives arrested Julian yesterday (May 19).

Julian was jailed under a $150,000 bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court on Monday (May 23).

Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further information will be released.

28-year-old Brandon Keith Maynor of Betterbrook Lane, 20-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane of Rosehill Drive, 62-year-old Robert Deal Shuford of North Grove Street, 40-year-old Jon Christopher Shuford of Pruitt Houser Street and 30-year-old Leslie Katherine Shuford of North Grove Street, all from Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police on drug charges.

Maynor was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested less than a week later by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers for trafficking meth and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance. Lane was charged with possession of meth. Robert Shuford, the owner of the residence on North Grove Street, was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Jon Shuford faces charges for possession of schedule II & schedule III controlled substances, while Leslie Shuford was charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.  

According to a press release issued yesterday, on Saturday, April 30, Lincolnton Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers executed a search warrant at the North Grove Street residence. The search was the result of a joint investigation conducted by narcotics units from both agencies into drug-related traffic at the residence. The two agencies combined resources in an effort to curb drug trafficking activity at the residence and in elsewhere in western Lincoln County. The joint investigation was the result of numerous citizens’ complaints.

The residence has been the location of previous drug arrests. Detectives believe it to be hub for drug trafficking and distribution in the area.

When the search warrant was executed, Officers found nine people at the residence. They also found various amounts of meth and several different types of prescription medication, as well as paraphernalia used in the packaging & distribution of controlled substances. All the items were seized as evidence.

The operation was coordinated by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Propst and Lincolnton Police Lt. Jason Munday.

Maynor was scheduled to appear in court today (May 20) on an unrelated misdemeanor weapons charge, with an appearance on the drug charges set for July 12. Lane has no Lincoln County court dates listed; however, she does have an October 3 appearance scheduled in Gaston County on a felony meth charge. Robert Shuford will appear in Lincoln County District Court on June 7. Jon Shuford has a court date on June 17 and Leslie Shuford was due to appear in a Lincoln County courtroom today.

Friday, 20 May 2016 10:47

Drexel Man Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

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30-year-old John Christopher Watts of Reece Road in Drexel was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 yesterday (May 19) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police were called to reports of a suspicious person looking into vehicles in the parking lot at the Hardee’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived and found the man, who was identified as John Watts. Police say Watts behaved nervously. As they conducted a safety check for weapons, Officers found a total of 48.4 grams of marijuana and a digital scale on Watts’ person.

He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

37-year-old Forrest Morgan Street was arrested Thursday (May 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Street was jailed in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for June 27.