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A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges after authorities say he fled the scene of a hit and run accident. The incident occurred on Highway 150 East near Ivey Church Road this past Sunday (June 12). The man was apprehended in Catawba County earlier this week.

35-year-old Joseph Adam Burrell of Roundtree Lane in Lincolnton is accused of crashing into another vehicle and fleeing the scene of the accident into a nearby wooded area.  Several hours later the Lincoln County Communications Center began receiving calls from residents in the Old Pond Drive and Otis Dellinger Road area about vehicle break-ins and a possible home invasion.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene and it was determined that the suspect in the home invasion matched the description given out by the State Highway Patrol of the person involved in the hit and run accident.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, on Old Pond Drive Burrell entered a residence while the homeowner was home and fled when he was approached by the individual. Deputies say the man went next door and stole a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.  Warrants taken out on Burrell and the State Highway Patrol resulted in the suspect being located in Catawba County on Tuesday (June 14). He was taken into custody on that date. According to a news release, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Matt Lykins interviewed Burrell at the Sheriff’s Office where he admitted to the previous reported incidents.

Sgt. Lykins charged Burrell with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two felony counts of breaking and entering, and one count each of attempted breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle. Burrell was charged by the Highway Patrol with felony interfering with an electronic monitor and one misdemeanor count each of hit and run with property damage, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, expired inspection certificate and failure to carry a registration card.

Burrell was incarcertated in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Friday (June 17).

40-year-old Joseph Nicholas Shaver of Goodnight Road in Salisbury has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on five counts of first-degree sexual offense with a child and 52 counts of indecent liberties with a child.

On April 15, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a victim who stated she had been sexually assaulted multiple times between 2005-2007 by a family member, identified as Joseph Nicholas Shaver. At the time the abuse occurred, the victim was 10-to-12 years old. Shaver was living in central Iredell County at the time of the offenses.

Several witnesses were identified and interviewed. As a result of the investigation, Shaver was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on July 12.

Shaver is also being investigated in Mecklenburg County for similar allegations that occurred there involving another female family member.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:03

Thieves Steal Donation Jar from Humane Society

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Hickory Police are investigating a break-in at the Humane Society of Catawba County on 20th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. An unknown person or persons broke a front window and took a D.V.D. player, two donation jars and some syringes with an estimated total value of $20. Damages to the window were estimated at $300. The incident occurred between 6 p.m. Monday (June 13) and 6:30 a.m. the next day. No suspect description is available.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

The Humane Society is soliciting donations through its Facebook page to help defray the cost of damages.

29-year-old Jarrod Donte Fuller of 8th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:50 yesterday afternoon (June 14) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was charged in connection to an incident last Friday (June 10) at Rancho Viejo on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Fuller came into the restaurant to pick up a to-go order. He allegedly paid with a counterfeit $100 bill and received change. As he was waiting for the his food, Fuller’s food stamp card and prison I.D. card fell out of his pocket.

Fuller left with his order, but left his I.D. behind. A warrant for his arrest was issued on June 12, and he turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters yesterday.

Fuller was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,250 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

48-year-old Carl Dennis Geter of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 a.m. yesterday (June 14) on one felony count of breaking & entering.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as Officers responded to a house on 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory where the landlord noticed a window had been left open. The house was the location of the murder of Stephanie Harvey last Wednesday (June 8). The landlord had seen the family moving items in and out of the residence and didn’t know if they had left the window open or not.

Officers arrived and found that a bedroom window had been pried open. At least two televisions were taken from the residence.

H.P.D. launched an investigation and conducted numerous interviews, leading to the identification of Carl Geter as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Soup Kitchen on Main Avenue N.E. It’s not clear if the T.V.s were recovered.

Geter was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:55

Girl Thrown From Vehicle In Burke County Wreck

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A 6-year-old girl was reportedly thrown from a car during a vehicle crash earlier today (Wednesday, June 15) in Burke County. According to various published reports, the crash happened in front of Drowning Creek Fire Department on Airport-Rhodhiss Road just before noon today.

The girl was reportedly talking on the way to the hospital. There's no word on the extent of the injuries to the child. Rescue officials have not said what caused the crash.

42-year-old Robert James Salyards of 15th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last night (June 14) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after H.P.D. responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. where Loss Prevention Officers had Salyards in custody. Loss Prevention had watched as the suspect switched the price tags on a wrench set and also removed a shop-vac from its box, replacing it with Bushnell headlamps, baitcasters, trail knives and Super Blue glue. Salyards then took tape off the shelves and used it to re-seal the box.

Loss Prevention detained the suspect after he passed the last point of sale. The merchandise Salyards attempted to take was valued at $236.

Salyards was arrested without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 06:36

Lincolnton Man Charged With Stealing Truck

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22-year-old Barry Lee McMahan II of Joe Ross Street in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (June 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.

McMahan is charged with stealing a pickup truck and selling some of the work tools on the vehicle. Last Friday (June 10), Dustin Ingle allowed a friend, Barry Lee McMahan II, to stay overnight at his home and when he woke up the next morning McMahan was gone and so was Ingle’s truck.

The vehicle was found later abandoned near a store on Highway 150 East but several tools and other property belonging to the victim were missing from the vehicle. During the investigation Detective Matt Burgess located some of the tools at a residence on Jenkins Street and at a pawn shop in Lincoln County.

McMahan was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 5.

The investigation is ongoing and other suspects and additional charges may be filed. 

28-year-old Robert Glenn Triplett of Jenkins Road in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with first degree burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Triplett was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $39,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, June 15).

42-year-old Jason Richard Setzer of Cottrell Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Setzer was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (June 16).

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