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Friday, 23 May 2014 08:50

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Meth Charges

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44-year-old Eric Lane Setzer of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 22) on felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Lenoir.

35-year-old Joshua Moore of N.W. Vance Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (May 22) on charges of larceny, driving while license revoked, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony speeding to elude arrest. Moore was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $90,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Lenoir.

Highland Industries is expanding its North Carolina manufacturing operations in Iredell County. The company plans to create 29 jobs and invest $8.25 million over the next three years in Statesville.

Highland Industries manufactures technical fabrics used in products across multiple industries such as automotive seats, agricultural tires and commercial roofing. Highland Industries currently operates a 110,000 square foot finishing facility in Kernersville, but the new division will be completely separate from the existing operations.

The new Iredell County division will manufacture parts and assemblies utilizing carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass and other composite materials. Customers will include manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, sporting goods and industrial sectors.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $60,714 plus benefits. The Iredell County average annual wage is $42,724.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $70,000.

Friday, 23 May 2014 06:53

Granite Falls Man Hit by Car and Killed

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According to published reports, 52-year-old Gary Lunsford of Granite Falls was struck and killed by a car at about 9:30 or ten o’clock last night (May 22) in Caldwell County.

The accident occurred on a dark stretch of roadway at Baker Circle and Highway 321-A. Mr. Lunsford, who was wearing dark clothes, was in the roadway when he was hit. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says another vehicle narrowly avoided hitting Lunsford prior to the fatal collision.

No charges were filed against the driver.

Friday, 23 May 2014 06:49

Handyman Convicted of Felony Sex Offense

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66-year-old George Loggins, Jr. of Hildebran was convicted this week in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court of felony second-degree sexual offense. Loggins was sentenced to no less than 46 months and no more than 116 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

Upon his release, Loggins will be required to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry and be subjected to satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life.

The crime occurred in April 2013 in Catawba County. Loggins committed the assault while working as a handyman in the 49-year-old female victim’s home.

Investigator Chris Branch from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case. The Honorable Yvonne Mims-Evans presided over the conviction.

Loggins will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

45-year-old Rodney Scott Wright of N.C. Highway 10 North and 20-year-old Carl Lloyd Almany of Knoll Drive, both from Vale, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives and charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods or property.

They are accused of breaking into an unoccupied residence on the 1600 block of Grand Point Lane in western Lincoln County on January 14 of this year. Stolen in the break-in were kitchen and bathroom appliances and a camper shell for a pickup truck.

Almany is also accused of breaking into a residential garage at a home on the 2100 block of North Brook Number III School Road on July 26, 2013. Lawn equipment was stolen.

Both men had District Court dates yesterday (May 21) with Superior Court appearances coming up on June 2.

Detectives are also searching for four more suspects from Vale in connection to other break-ins. They are:

  • 20-year-old Lloyd Allen Roark, Jr. of Peeler Road;
  • 19-year-old Quinton Lee Allen Roark of Peeler Road;
  • 26-year-old Anthony Jackson Lewis of Mull Road; and
  • 36-year-old Thomas Andrew Parker of Ed Craig Lane.


The Roarks are charged in connection to an April 23, 2014 break-in and larceny at an unoccupied house on Rose Ridge Lane that was being used for storage. Various items, including tarps and blankets, were stolen.

Lewis is charged with a break-in and larceny on the 2100 block of North Brook Number III School Road and Parker is wanted for a break-in and larceny at Wright Brothers Tomato Company on Old Highway 18 in Lawndale. Cash was stolen from the business on December 31, 2013.

Anyone with information should call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

31-year-old Andrew Jonas and 55-year-old Phyllis Holton Moretz, both from Bethlehem, have been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were both charged with breaking & entering (five counts for Jonas and four counts for Moretz), larceny after breaking & entering (four counts for Jonas and three counts for Moretz), injury to real property (four counts for Jonas and three counts for Moretz), larceny of a firearm (three counts for Jonas and two counts for Moretz) and one count each of misdemeanor larceny. Jonas was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Their arrests came about following an incident Monday (May 19) involving a B&E in the Cedar Woods development. The caller said it looked like two females with bandannas on their faces had gone inside a residence. The suspects then left in a gold-colored Ford Escape.

Officers located a vehicle that matched the description occupied by Jonas and Moretz. Officers also found property that belonged to the B&E victims.

Further investigation revealed that the suspects stole a license tag from a vehicle in the parking lot at Hancock & Moore before breaking into three residences in Alexander County’s Bethlehem Community on the 19th. They are also suspects in at least two previous break-ins.

Both suspects were taken into custody with bond for each set at $70,000, secured. They will next appear in an Alexander County courtroom on June 2.

36-year-old Jennifer Nicole Willis of Vilas has been arrested in Watauga County on charges of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.

Willis was driving a 2003 Audi on U.S. Highway 321 in Cove Creek when she crashed into four motorcycles. The accident occurred at about 6:20 Tuesday evening (May 20) as Willis went left of the centerline while traveling toward Boone.

One man was killed, another was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center and three others were taken to Watauga Medical Center. Willis was also injured and was taken to Watauga Medical Center.

The cyclists were on a trip from Virginia to Florida. The deceased was identified as 50-year-old Alfredo Madrid of Miami.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol, the Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police, Watauga Medics, Watauga Rescue, WINGS Air Rescue and Cove Creek Fire & First Responders were among those responding to the scene.

A Watauga County Christian motorcycle ministry is providing lodging and relief to the injured who have now been released from the hospital.

Willis will appear in District Court on July 30 in Boone.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:49

Shots Fired into Vehicle in NE Hickory

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Hickory Police are investigating a case in which an unknown suspect fired shots in to an occupied vehicle in N.E. Hickory yesterday (May 21).

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. on 14th Street Drive N.E. A 23-year-old Hickory man was driving a silver Kia Forte with two passengers, a male and female, both from Taylorsville. They were looking for a lost dog.

The victim encountered a white Dodge Challenger with red stripes on the hood. The suspect got out of the passenger side of the Dodge and walked to the Kia’s passenger side. He said, “who the [expletive] are you?” At that point, the victim drove away. As he did so, he and his passengers reported hearing five to seven gunshots. No one was injured.

When they arrived at the victim’s residence on 15th Avenue N.E., three holes were found in the vehicle. Officers responded and found three shell casings at the scene of the shooting.

The suspect was described as an Hispanic male with short hair on the sides and long hair on top. He was wearing a shiny red jacket.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

29-year-old Erin Marie Propst of Michelle Drive in Newton was arrested at about 10:20 yesterday morning (May 21) on a complaint filed by the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court for misdemeanor failure to appear. The warrant for her arrest was issued last Wednesday (May 14). Propst was taken into custody without incident by Hickory Police at the Hickory courthouse.

According to a Hickory Police spokesperson, Propst has been known to show up in court for roll call, but then leaves before her case is called. As a result, bond for yesterday’s arrest was set at $75,000, secured. Propst was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, but has since been released.

She currently has District Court dates pending on June 12 and July 8 on a variety of misdemeanor charges, including multiple counts of larceny and shoplifting. She also faces charges for simple possession of schedule II & IV controlled substances, littering, assault & battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass. Propst will also answer for the failure to appear charge on July 8.