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29-year-old Corey Alan Robinson of May Jean Drive in Statesville was arrested Saturday (June 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday the Iredell County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 120 Coleman Drive in Troutman in reference to an impaired male sitting on the front porch of the residence. The man had not been seen in the neighborhood before. Upon arrival a Deputy spoke with a man who was identified as Corey Alan Robinson. There was a beer can seated next to the man and the deputy noticed a needle sticking out of Robinson’s left breast shirt pocket.

The Deputy asked Robinson what was in the needle and he told the Officer there was heroin in the needle mixed with Coca-Cola. The deputy placed Robinson under arrest and searched him prior to placing him in the patrol car.

The Deputy found a bottom portion of a soda can used to hold the heroin mixture while pulling the mixture into a needle.  Robinson was brought to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $4,000 secured. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (June 13).

20-year-old Richard Tyler Mckinney of Morningside Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Mckinney was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (June 13).

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 06:04

Fire Rating Improves In Morganton

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After a recent inspection by the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI), the City of Morganton’s fire rating is Class three, a great improvement from the previous rating of Class five.

Public Safety Chief Ronnie Rector said in a news release issued by the City of Morganton “This rating indicates that Morganton is better prepared and equipped to respond to fires within the City of Morganton than any previous time period,” Rector added that “Morganton is the only Class 3 fire department in Burke County. In addition, according to the NCDOI website, only 37 fire departments in North Carolina and 3,220 fire departments nationwide were a Class 3 or better.”

The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). State law requires OSFM officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state’s fire districts.

The purpose of the NCRRS is to evaluate the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas, to determine a Public Protection Classification for property insurance rating and to establish a checks and balance system to ensure agencies are meeting criteria set up by the National Fire Protection Association.  The NCRRS rating system ranges from one, which is the best rating to ten, which means the department is not recognized as a certified fire department by the state. These ratings are used by insurance companies to assist in setting insurance rates in a particular fire district.

The inspection evaluated four areas: Emergency Communications, Water Supply, Fire Department Operations, and Community Risk Reduction. The Class 3 rating is effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 05:55

Lenoir Woman Arrested On Meth Charge

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49-year-old Sandra Hicks Quick of Tumbleweed Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Quick was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (June 13).

An Iredell County man is reportedly among the 49 people killed in the shooting early Sunday morning (June 12) at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. 25-year-old Tevin Crosby, who was from Statesville but had recently moved, was among the 49 victims in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

According to published reports, a little more than a year ago, Tevin Crosby moved to Florida. He then moved to Michigan for a job shortly after he'd arrived in Florida. Reports say Mr. Crosby was in Orlando over the weekend to visit friends.

His parents went to Orlando following the shooting. As of late yesterday (Monday, June 13) no funeral arrangements had been made.

24-year-old Divonte Kierre Dula of Penridge Place in Lenoir was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana one-half ounce to one-and-one-half ounces. Dula was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, June 14) under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

37-year-old Timothy Neil Galligher of 21st Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (June 13) on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to the 200 block of 17th Street N.W. in Hickory where a white male was unresponsive and was slumped over in the driver’s seat of a white pick-up truck. Officers were able to communicate with the man, who was identified as Timothy Galligher. E.M.S. was called to the scene, but Galligher refused treatment.

A search of Galligher’s person turned up a syringe loaded with a clear liquid. In a cigarette box in the vehicle, Officers found a baggie containing a white, rock-like substance that proved to be 0.6 grams of heroin.

Galligher was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers is requesting assistance from the public in solving a pair of crimes currently under investigation.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding the theft of a white and burgundy Ford F150. The truck was stolen June 7 from a residence on Watson Road in the area of Gamewell Superette. If you have any information related to this case contact Detective Corporal Dupell at 828-759-1554. You can also call Lenoir Caldwell Crime stoppers at 828-758-8300.

The other crime under investigation occurred May 28. On that date just before 4 p.m. an unknown suspect took a Hobart plasma cutter without paying from Tractor Supply in Lenoir. The suspect was a white male operating a dark blue Honda Civic. The suspect entered the business, which was open at the time, through a rear bay door and took the merchandise. Police reports say the item was still in it's shipping box. Following the theft, the suspect left the area. The plasma cutter has a value of approximately $1500.

Anyone who has any information regarding this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. A cash reward will be paid to anyone with information leading to the arrest of criminals or the recovery of property or illegal narcotics. You do not have to reveal your name.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car collision this morning that claimed the life of one driver and sent two other people to the hospital, one of them in critical condition. The head-on collision shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Burke County at 8:23 this morning (Monday, June 13).

According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, a 1992 Lexus northbound on Highway 64, driven by 20-year-old Dalton Rhom of Morganton, crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2016 Dodge Charger driven by 64-year-old Edward Braren, Jr. The accident occurred about nine miles south of Morganton.

Mr. Braren died en route to the hospital. A helicopter was initially called to the scene, but Mr. Braren was not stable enough for air transport. As of 3:30 this afternoon, Mr. Rhom was in critical condition at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville with what were described as life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Lexus, 30-year-old Roger Franklin of Morganton, was treated at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton. He has been released.

The Highway Patrol is conducting an ongoing investigation. As of this afternoon, they had no comment regarding any factors that might have contributed to the accident.

51-year-old William Jeffery Hughes of August Street in Conover was arrested today (Monday, June 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to register as a sex offender. Hughes was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

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