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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 05:26

Conover Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

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20-year-old Cinamin Faith Brown of Nosey Street NE in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Brown was incarcerated this morning (Wednesday, February 24) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,999 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

45-year-old Anthony Butler of Starbrooke Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, selling schedule II controlled substance, and conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Butler was locked up this morning (Wednesday, February 24) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

20-year-old Summer Mae Echols was arrested today (Tuesday, February 23) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Echols also faces an out of county probation violation charge. Following the arrest, Echols was placed in jail in Morganton under $45,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (February 24). 

51-year-old Ronnie Wayne Byrd of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of Statutory Rape, six counts of Statutory Sex Offense and three counts of Indecent Liberties with a child. The charges stem from incidents involving an 11-year-old child. Byrd was placed in jail under one-million dollars bond. A first appearance in court is scheduled for Wednesday (February 24) Due to the sensitivity of the case no other information is being released by the Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:16

Newton Man Indicted in Connection to 2015 Assault

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21-year-old Vantrail Jamon Swain of Echo Drive in Newton was served an indictment by Hickory Police just before 6 p.m. yesterday (February 22) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.

The charges were the result of a domestic incident in April of last year. At that time, Police responded to a residence on 7th Avenue N.W. in Hickory where Swain was placed under arrest. The victim was not injured.

Swain was re-arrested without incident yesterday at a business on 7th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 10:10

Man Shot During Break-In Faces Charges

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36-year-old Brian Foster Eckard of Hendil Street in Conover has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count of first-degree burglary.

Eckard is the man who was shot twice during a residential break-in on February 15. He is accused of breaking into the residence on East Avenue S.E. in Hickory at 9:25 that evening. The 71-year-old male homeowner, who was the only person home at the time of the incident, told Police he heard someone entering the residence. Eckard allegedly forced a sliding back door open and was standing inside when the homeowner shot him. Eckard then turned and exited through the same sliding door.

Police found Eckard at the Wizard Lounge on 21st Street N.E. He was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds to his arm and back.

Eckard was arrested without incident as he was released from the hospital at about 9:25 a.m. yesterday (February 22). He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

H.P.D.’s investigation into the incident is ongoing. Their findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office.

20-year-old Griffin Douglas Sheppard of Eagle Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (February 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, and Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances.  

Sheppard was arrested following a traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 16 and 73 in Denver. Detectives searched his vehicle after smelling the odor of marijuana. During the search, a quarter pound of marijuana was found inside the vehicle.  Detectives say the marijuana was packaged in separate individual baggies and hidden inside a protein shake container in an attempt to conceal the drug and to mask the smell.

Following the arrest, Sheppard was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center then released on a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23). 

24-year-old Elijah Alexander Curtis of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and single felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Curtis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

19-year-old Harley Dakota Hughes was arrested Monday (February 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hughes was placed in jail in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23).

29-year-old David Andrew Robbins was arrested Monday (February 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Robbins was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 23) in Morganton.