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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:50

Newton Man Indicted On Cocaine Charges

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46-year-old Antonio Davis Craft of Old Conover Road in Newton was arrested Tuesday (March 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with two counts apiece of selling cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Craft was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 15).

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:41

Lenoir Man Charged With Stolen Property Offense

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32-year-old Timothy Dale Myers of Creekside Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Myers was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 16).

The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, rendered a ruling on Monday (March 13) that denied a motion to dismiss by owners of Lowman’s Motor Court in Burke County and denied a preliminary injunction sought by the District Attorney’s Office to keep the business closed.

Judge Ervin set the matter for a civil hearing on March 27, 2017, when the State will seek an injunction to permanently close the business. Lowman’s Motor Court, located at 109 U.S. Highway 70 East, was served a temporary restraining order on Feb. 24, 2017, and deputies padlocked the doors.

That temporary restraining order dissolved last week when Ervin conducted a hearing regarding a preliminary injunction to keep the business closed. The Judge reserved his ruling from last week’s hearing to allow him time to review the facts of the case, including citizen affidavits and law enforcement reports.

The District Attorney’s Office filed a civil complaint against the business and is seeking to have it declared a public nuisance. Law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies in Burke County have responded to more than 700 calls at the business in the last 11 years for various reasons, including but not limited to controlled substance sales, assaults and shots fired.

47-year-old Tony Christopher Williams of Lenoir, was sentenced to serve six to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking and other drug-related charges during Caldwell County Superior Court on Friday (March 10).

The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence for Williams, who will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

Judge Kuehnert imposed a mandatory $50,000 fine for the defendant, who also pleaded guilty to two counts of the sale of a Schedule II Controlled Substance

Narcotics agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office were told by confidential sources that Williams was selling cocaine. Undercover officers met with Williams on three occasions in Caldwell County and purchased cocaine from him.

Narcotics agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings handled prosecution for the State.

We have more information on the arrest of a robbery suspect. The man was arrested in Caldwell County on charges filed in three counties, including an armed robbery at a Burke County convenience store.

20-year-old Jason Shawn Miller Jr. of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged in Burke County with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, forgery of an instrument, and domestic violence protection order violation. In Caldwell County, Miller is charged with failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. He also faces two counts of failure to appear in McDowell County.

As WHKY previously reported, on Friday March 3, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Shop and Save #3 on NC Highway 18/US 64, in reference to an armed robbery. Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded and began processing the scene and interviewing witnesses.  Detectives followed up on tips from Morganton – Burke Crime Stoppers that lead to warrants being issued for Jason Shawn Miller Jr.

Following his arrest in Lenoir, Miller placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a total bond of $12,500 secured. Miller has District and Superior Court appearances in Burke County next Monday (March 20). The robbery case is still under investigation and more charges are pending.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:51

Meth Trafficking Charges Lodged Against Newton Man

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49-year-old Richard James Roggensack of South Olivers Cross Road in Newton was arrested Tuesday (March 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Roggensack was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Wednesday, March 15). 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:42

Mobile Home Heavily Damaged In Tuesday Night Fire

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At approximately 8:24 p.m. Tuesday (March 14), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 2805 8th Avenue SE.  Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.  

Upon arrival, firefighters found the mobile home to be completely involved in fire. One occupant had escaped the fire and was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later transported to a local hospital by Catawba County EMS.  

After ensuring there were no other occupants inside the home, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was reported under control at 8:44 p.m.      

Damages to the mobile home were considered heavy. Fire investigators from Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is under investigation.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle used in a vehicle break-in at a Lincoln County business.

On Monday (March 13), Deputies responded a business on East Powell Drive where an employee’s vehicle had been broken into.  The victim said he arrived at work at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.  After completing his assignment, he went back out to his vehicle where he found the radio had been stolen.

Surveillance video shows a white pick-up truck as it pulled onto the property through a rear entrance.  The suspect, who was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and tan boots, got out of the vehicle and pulled on the door handles of two other vehicles in the parking area.  Those vehicles were locked.  He tried the door on the victim’s vehicle, which opened.  The suspect was in the vehicle for a short period of time before leaving with a Kenwood radio.

The suspect vehicle is described as an extended cab truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevrolet.  The truck is white with black or dark gray trim around the bottom of the cab.  It appears to have flared rear fenders and an unspecified emblem on the driver’s side door.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in, the truck or its driver should call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:19

Claremont Man Charged with Forgery & ID Theft

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27-year-old Michael Leon Travis of Oakwood Avenue in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eight o’clock last night (March 13) on one felony count each of forgery of endorsement and identity theft, plus one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

On March 9, Travis allegedly attempted to use false identification to cash a check made out to another individual by signing that person’s name.  The incident occurred at Capital Bank on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  Bank officials reported the forgery and identity theft to Police.  Travis was no longer at the bank when Officers arrived.  

Warrants were issued yesterday and Travis was taken into custody without incident at a service station on Fairgrove Church Road.  He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured.  He has since been released.  Travis was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

24-year-old Thomas Troy Prevatt of Great Dane Avenue in Iron Station was arrested Saturday (March 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  

On Saturday, Deputies were dispatched 845 Great Dane Avenue, Iron Station in reference to a report of a disturbance involving a knife. Prior to the officer’s arrival on the scene, the Lincoln County Communications Center said the victim was outside the residence and the suspect was still inside.

The victim, a 49-year-old man, had been stabbed in the wrist receiving a large laceration. The suspect, Thomas Troy Prevatt was inside the residence and was taken into custody without incident. The altercation was the result of an ongoing verbal dispute. The suspect, his wife and two small children along with the victim and his girlfriend all lived at the residence.

Prevatt was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for April 3. The victim was transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia for treatment.

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