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It’s been 50 days since Toasha Nicole Rice was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County. She got into a black four-door car with a white female driver and has not been seen since.

Family members and law enforcement Officers have attempted to contact Ms. Rice on her cell phone but it appears it has been turned off.

Detectives have interviewed family members and a number of people she is known to associate with, but no one has seen the missing woman. They also used a K-9 Search Team in a large wooded area off Sorrells Baxter Road and Eaker Road in western Lincoln County, but did not locate any signs of the woman. The woman’s debit or credit cards have not been used since before her disappearance. Detectives have also followed up on all leads in the case, but nothing has led to Toasha Rice.

Ms. Rice, who also goes by Nikki Green on her Facebook page, is a white female, 27 years old, with blue eyes and reddish brown hair. She is 5’6” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding Toasha Nicole Rice (a.k.a. Nikki Green) is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

During its meeting last night (July 21), the Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning request submitted by residents on Startown Road and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.

During a lengthy public hearing, the Board heard from speakers on both sides of the issue.

The request would rezone 174 acres between Startown and Robinwood roads to create a new business and industrial park, known as Park 1764.

Officials say the project could result in the creation of anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 jobs. Residents speaking against the rezoning cited traffic concerns, safety risks, environmental concerns and a decrease in property valuations. Those in favor focused mainly on potential job creation.

24-year-old Dershae Mylantus Blackburn of Car Farm Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Investigators on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

Operating on information from a confidential source, Officers were told that Blackburn was going to pick up a quantity of cocaine. Investigators began conducting surveillance. They saw Blackburn meet with his supplier and begin to return home.

Investigators determined that Blackburn did not have a valid driver’s license and stopped the vehicle. A consent search of his person and the vehicle was conducted, leading to the discovery of a quarter ounce of powder cocaine, which was seized as evidence.

Blackburn was arrested and later released on a $9,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on August 12.

Monday, 21 July 2014 17:24

Missing S.C. Woman Seen in Iredell County

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The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and the Hampton County, (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 74-year-old Mary Eloise Capers.

Ms. Capers left Hampton County, South Carolina around noon on Sunday (July 20) on her way to Columbia, South Carolina. When she did not arrive at her location, the family reported her missing. Later on that night, Ms. Capers stopped at a home on Old Mocksville Highway in Statesville, asked for directions to Columbia and then left.

She is driving a 2014 Green Toyota Corolla with a Stokes Toyota paper temporary tag 559-3GK. She is wearing brown clothing. Ms. Capers has been diagnosed in early stages of dementia.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mary Eloise Capers should call the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at 803-943-9261.

32-year-old Jason Shiloh Parsons of Mountain Road in Lenoir, 24-year-old Kami Rachelle Propst of Reid Road in Granite Falls and 32-year-old Brandon Glenn Loudermilk of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir were all arrested Saturday by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on methamphetamine-related charges. All three were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Parsons was also charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property.

All three were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center. Propst and Loudermilk were each given a $20,000 secured bond, while bond for Parsons was set at $30,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (July 21). Parsons will also appear in Superior Court on the stolen property charge on September 8.

25-year-old Douglas Richard Kraus of Vantage Point Lane in Huntersville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny and injury to personal property.

Events leading to his arrest began in May of this year when Detectives started to investigate reports of landscaping lights and other decorative landscaping items that were stolen from a community off of Perth Road in Mooresville.

During the investigation, four other incidents involving stolen landscaping items were reported. Those incidents occurred in Mooresville on Lake Norman. In three of the cases, witnesses were able to provide a good description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving. The suspect posed as a landscape worker and blended in well with other landscape crews working in the area.

Detectives spoke with several landscaping businesses in the area and were given a list of several possible suspects’ names, which included Douglas Kraus. Detectives were then able to positively identify Kraus as the suspect.

When Detectives went to speak to Kraus at his residence, they noticed a white Dodge Ram truck that matched the witnesses’ description. They did not find Kraus on that occasion or during several subsequent attempts. Kraus was believed to be avoiding law enforcement. Warrants for his arrest were issued on June 24.

Working with Cornelius and Huntersville Police, Detectives took Kraus in into custody without incident on Friday, July 18. He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing investigation with regard to harboring a fugitive and other similar crimes that occurred in other jurisdictions.

40-year-old Patricia Sue Tyger of Pyramid Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 a.m. yesterday (July 20) on one count of felony larceny.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers were told that two Hispanic males were attacking a female, Patricia Tyger, in the median on Highway 70 in front of the hotel. The men were reportedly holding the woman down and attempting to get her purse.

Officers found the men, a father and son from Georgia, on hotel property. They said Tyger had come to their room and asked them if they “wanted to have some fun.” The men declined, but after Tyger left the room, they found that just over $200 in cash was missing. The men pursued Tyger to the median, but the cash was not recovered.

The men were not charged.

Tyger was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Hickory. Her next court date was set for August 7.

The Caldwell Youth Leadership Academy has launched a food drive to benefit Yokefellow. Citizens are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or staple food items to the Caldwell Chamber by this Thursday, July 24 so the students can make a delivery on Friday. Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Chamber at 1909 Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir. Checks are tax deductible if made payable to the Yokefellow Ministry.

The Caldwell Youth Leadership Academy is an annual two-week summer program presented by Communities In Schools in partnership with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class includes 14 rising freshmen and sophomores from schools throughout Caldwell County. A student graduation ceremony will be held at the Caldwell Chamber this Friday at 5:30 p.m.

For additional information, call the Chamber at 828-726-0616.

Wayne Whaley recently purchased eight VEX Robotics kits for his “Project Lead the Way” class at the STEAM Academy in Morganton with a $12,560 grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County.

Students began with building simple machines like levers and pulley systems. Then they progressed to learning about complex machines and programming. They put that knowledge to use in completing their final design projects using the kits to build a full autonomous sorting machine.

The VEX Robotics Design System provides a starter kit to expose students to robotics and get them interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

The STEAM Academy, which just completed its inaugural year, is located on the campus of the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Jeter Hall with the purpose of providing both advanced placement and honors courses for students who are interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Math) careers.

The academy is a partnership between Burke County Public Schools, the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Western Piedmont Community College and the N.C. School of Science and Math.

36-year-old Lamar Rashad Lineberger of 2nd Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 a.m. yesterday for felony possession of cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture a counterfeit controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants out of Catawba County dated June 2 for failure to appear on felony charges of larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $46,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date on the larceny and stolen vehicle charges was set for today in Newton. Lineberger was also scheduled to appear in District Court today on the drug charges.