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22-year-old Tristan Michael Smith of Rhodes Street in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with first degree arson.

On Wednesday at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received information of the possible location of Tristan Michael Smith who was wanted in connection with an intentional fire that was set at Carillon Assisted Living in November. The information provided was then relayed to the Lincoln County Communications Center who then relayed the information to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers found Smith at approximately 4:40 p.m. and took him into custody without incident. Smith was transferred to the custody of the Lincolnton Police Department.  Smith was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15) in Lincoln County District Court.

Claremont Police Officers responded to Claremont Elementary School this morning after a suspicious package was found outside the building. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut spoke with Claremont Police Chief Gary Bost, he told Fentress his officers responded to the school at approximately 6:30 a.m. Chief Bost said he did not believe that the package was dangerous, and it turned out it was not. Officers took precautionary measures and evacuated the school. A bomb squad checked out the school and gave the all clear. Bus riders were taken to St. Marks Church on buses, most students who were car riders were told to turn around before school started. Classes were scheduled to resume at 10:15 a.m. 

The N.C. Department of Transportation this week announced the division level transportation projects that are anticipated to be included in the state's next draft 10-year transportation plan, which will be released in January 2017. The plan includes the years 2018 through 2027. Those projects include improvements to roadways in Catawba and Iredell Counties.

One transit, three bicycle and pedestrian, one aviation and 13 highway projects are expected to be funded at the division level for Division Twelve, which consists of Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln counties.

The projects include:

Improving an existing 3.7-mile section of N.C. 127 between Cloninger Mill Road in Catawba County and U.S. 64/90 in Alexander County. The “A” section of the project includes upgrades to improve traffic operations and safety between Cloninger Mill Road and Richey Road.
    
Widening an existing 3.2-mile section of the Eastside Thoroughfare/McDonald Parkway from Springs Road to N.C. 127 in Catawba County.

Widening a section of U.S. 21 between N.C. 150 and Medical Park Road in Iredell County to a four-lane divided roadway, including operation improvements at ramp intersections with N.C. 150

A complete list of projects can be found at www.ncdot.gov/STI.

The projects are being paid for under the state’s Strategic Transportation Investments law, which allows the department to use data and local input to fund transportation projects at three levels: statewide, regionally and locally, also referred to as being at the division level.

26-year-old Jonmykal Aaron Chester of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony copunts of trafficking in heroin or opium and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance. Chester was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 05:42

Meth Charge Filed Against Hudson Woman

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43-year-old Crystal Dawn Hamby of Horseshoe Bend Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Hamby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15).

24-year-old Jamie Lee Lamp and 27-year-old Amber Ann Houser,  both of Homestead Road in Union Grove were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Manufacture Marijuana, Possess Drug Paraphernalia, Maintain a Dwelling for Controlled Substance, and Injury to Real Property.

According to a news release issued Wednesday (December 14), Providence Church of the Living God at 3534 Hickory Highway in Statesville was broken into during the week of October 16. The suspects forced entry into the church by breaking the lock from the front doors. Once inside the church, the thieves removed a complete drum set and some microphone equipment from the stage. The case was forwarded to the Iredell County  Sheriff’s Office Detective Division for further investigation.
 
The Sheriff’s Office was contacted last week by Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives who were also investigating some church break-ins. Suspects were developed in the cases and last Friday (December 9), Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Wilkes and Yadkin County Sheriff’s Offices with a search warrant at a residence located at 134 Homestead Road in Union Grove.  

Inside the residence, Officers recovered several stolen pieces of electronics and music equipment including the drum set that was stolen from the church. Along with stolen property, Deputies also discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana plants growing inside the home. Both occupants of the home were arrested.
    
Both Lamp and Houser are currently being held in Wilkes County Jail and will be facing charges in Iredell and Yadkin Counties.

A pedestrian who was struck by a train in Morganton in November has passed away. The Morganton Department of Public Safety issued a news release Wednesday (December 14) with an update.

On November 27, Public Safety was notified that Leigh Singley of Morganton, had passed away while at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. This was a result of an accident on November 3 in which Singley was struck by a Norfolk Southern train near the Morganton Depot. There are no further details at this time.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:43

Denver Mart Robbery Suspect Arrested

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46-year-old Gary Lynn Overcash, Jr. of Statesville, who was wanted in connection to the December 11 robbery of the Denver Mart Highway 16 North in Denver, was arrested Wednesday (December 14) in Statesville. Details on the arrest are not available. The warrant from Lincoln County will be served by authorities in Iredell County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Snellings charged Overcash with one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The suspect allegedly took $109 from the cash register at the Denver Mart. During the robbery, the suspect had his hand in his pocket and told the clerk he had a gun. Overcash then fled the scene toward Highway 16.

Overcash is also facing a number of charges in Iredell County, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a law enforcement officer to elude arrest, attempted common law robbery, larceny, communicating threats and traffic violations.

The City of Refuge After School Program provides students from 1st through 5th grades with mentoring, tutoring and an after school snack every Tuesday through Thursday during the school year, free of charge. The program has helped at-risk-youth in the Ridgeview Community for over 12 years.

The City of Refuge After School Program runs solely off of donations from everyday people and various local businesses like Food Lion and the Olive Garden.

The public is invited to meet Directors Angela Heard & Renetta Hamrick and some of the young people in the program during their annual Spirit Night fundraiser. The event will take place from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Highway 127 in Viewmont.

A portion of the restaurant’s sales receipts during that time will go to help with school supplies, field trips and transportation needs.

For more information, contact Ms. Heard at 828-328-3264.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:08

Hickory Man Arrested in Connection to 2011 Case

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32-year-old Jonathan Lee Chapman of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (December 13) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was arrested in connection to a 2011 case in which the owners of a residence on 10th Street S.E. in Hickory came home and noticed that their T.V. was gone. They found that someone had entered the residence through a rear door. Some time later, the T.V. was pawned by Jonathan Chapman and warrants for his arrest were issued.

Chapman was taken into custody at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $3,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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