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Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:52

Lincolnton Man Arrested for Trafficking LSD

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20-year-old Zavier Zeus Hatcher of Georgetown Road in Lincolnton (formerly of Clyde Wehunt Road in Cherryville) was arrested yesterday (July 12) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers.  He was charged with one felony count each of trafficking LSD by sale, trafficking LSD by delivery, trafficking LSD by transport, trafficking LSD by possession and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  He was also charged with two felony counts each for the sale & delivery of LSD and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance.

The arrest comes at the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into LSD (or, acid) sales in different parts of the county.  Detectives say Hatcher sold various amounts of LSD over a three-to-four month period.  On at least one occasion, the suspect sold a trafficking amount of the substance.  Detectives used surveillance and undercover techniques to purchase the LSD.

Detectives say LSD comes in various forms, including what looks like a postage stamp or small tab, referred to as blotter paper or blotter acid.  Users often place the stamp under their tongues until the LSD absorbs into the bloodstream.  LSD is a psychedelic drug that affects the brain and causes hallucinations.  Detectives say most people who use the drug are young adults.  It is most often seen on college campuses.  

Following his arrest, Hatcher was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today.

56-year-old David Van Morgan of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (July 12) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

He was arrested in connection to the theft of a motor vehicle from a parking lot at R.H. Bolick & Co. Inc. Machine Shop on 9th Avenue N.E. on March 31, 2015.  Morgan was initially arrested and the vehicle was recovered that same day.

Morgan was taken into custody without incident last night at a shopping center on North Center Street.  He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:58

Stanley Man Faces Indecent Liberties Charge

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67-year-old Gilbert Donald List, Jr. of Ballentrae Place in Stanley has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony indecent liberties with a child.

On July 2, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the sexual assault of a child.  The victim is a female who was nine years old at the time of the incident.  The victim is related to the suspect.  The incidents occurred between January and December of 2016.

Detective Kelsey Harrington interviewed the victim at the Lincoln Co. Child Advocacy Center.  Gilbert List reportedly admitted the crimes when he was interviewed by Investigators.

List was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $40,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (July 13).

Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:54

Armed Robbery in Hickory Under Investigation

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At about 11:20 last night (July 12), Hickory Police responded to the Speedway convenience store at 1269 U.S. Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory in reference to an armed robbery.  The clerk reported that one suspect came into the store and demanded money while holding him at gunpoint.  The suspect took money from the store and left the convenience store, taking the clerk’s vehicle.

Just after 12:20 a.m. Officers found the stolen vehicle at 2nd Street and 6th Avenue Place S.W., unoccupied.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing about 185 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a black plastic mask, a black hoodie, long dark blue shorts and black shoes.  He was carrying a black handgun.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or email dbailey@hickorync.gov.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert issued this morning for 73-year-old Jerry Lynn Clark. Clark was reported missing from West Pine Hills Avenue in Morganton. The alert was cancelled approximately two hours after it was issued. Clark is reported to be safe, no injuries were reported.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:56

Newton Man Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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48-year-old Paul Everette Lafon of Caldwell Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Lafon was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Friday (July 14) and August 8.

32-year-old Summer Michelle Coleman was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft. Coleman also faces counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $80,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 13).

Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:16

Hickory Woman Indicted On Drug Charges

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49-year-old Linda Diane Dunagan of Macedonia Church Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Dunagan is charged with failure to appear on several highway violations. Following the arrest, Dunagan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 14), a District Court date is set for August 21.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 08:53

Felony Drug Charge Filed Against Hudson Man

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30-year-old Reginald Van Dula Jr. of Cherrywood Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 13).

34-year-old Christopher Gene Crawford of North Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (July 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and failure to appear. Crawford was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 13).

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