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19-year-old Landon Alexander Sigmon of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Wednesday morning (March 16) on one felony count of first-degree burglary and single misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass and carrying a concealed gun. He was also charged with two counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest began on February 21 of this year when Police responded to an attempted burglary on 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. A suspect kicked in the back door, but was prevented from entering by one of the residents. The suspect, who was identified by one of the occupants as Landon Sigmon, then fled on foot.

Early yesterday, Police responded to a disturbance in the parking lot at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on 1st Street S.E. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers recognized Landon Sigmon as the subject from the incident in February. Sigmon, who had previously been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property, again fled on foot. He was apprehended and arrested at 2:10 a.m. on the 800 block of 1st Street S.E.

Sigmon was charged with burglary in connection to the February incident and with resisting and trespassing in connection to yesterday’s events. The weapons charge and the other resisting charge were from outstanding failure to appear warrants dating back to last year.

Sigmon was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $78,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates on April 6, April 27 and May 19.

31-year-old Annalee Dare Hardin of Apple Ridge Lane in Blowing Rock was arrested Tuesday (March 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of schedule II controlled substance. Hardin Was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Burke County were backed up due to a traffic accident. According to reports, the accident occurred near mile marker 111 in eastern Burke County. Reports state that lanes were backed up as far as mile marker 108. No further details were available.

27-year-old Jonathan Glenn Pleasant of U.S. Highway 421 North in Vilas was arrested Tuesday (March 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Pleasant was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.

43-year-old Kimberly Elmore Jones and 23-year-old Logan Ryan Jones were both arrested Wednesday (March 16) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Both suspects were arrested at the same South Green Street address. Kimberly Jones was placed in jail under no bond, Logan Jones has a bond of $36,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in court April 18.

31-year-old Jonathan Lee Grant Shelton of Big Brown Road in Mars Hill was arrested Wednesday (March 16) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and driving while impaired. Shelton was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Friday (March 18).

53-year-old Gary Vaughn Ball of Bish's Way in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (March 16) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and three misdemeanor counts of communicating threats.

Ball is charged with threatening his neighbors and shooting another man in a separate altercation. On Tuesday (March 15) Deputies were dispatched to a disturbance call in the 600 block of Bish’s Way off Asbury Church Road. While deputies were en-route to the scene, the caller told the Lincoln County Communications Center that shots had been fired.

When they arrived, officers found the victim, James Matthew Ferro, of Bish’s Way, Lincolnton lying on the ground with a shotgun wound. Deputies found the suspect and secured the scene allowing Lincoln County EMS access to the victim. He was transported to CHS-Lincoln with non-life threatening wounds.

Ball was arrested Wednesday afternoon after deputies responded to a second call on Bish’s Way where Ball had allegedly threatened three nearby residents. He was incarcerated in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 17).

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:20

Lincolnton Man Faces Robbery & Assault Charges

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23-year-old Johnny Wray “Nuke” Izard, Jr. of Lee Avenue in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on charges of common law robbery and assault on a female.

At about 11:30 Sunday night (March 13), Lincolnton Police responded to a reported motor vehicle theft on Cobb Street in Lincolnton. The victim said Johnny Wray “Nuke” Izard had stolen the vehicle. She told Police that Izard pulled her hair and physically removed her from the driver’s seat. The suspect was last seen driving the vehicle on North Aspen Street.

A BOLO (or, “Be On the Look Out” call) for the vehicle was issued. A short time later, Lincolnton Police Officer Rick Hensley spotted the vehicle and Izard in the Oaklawn community. As Officer Hensley attempted to make contact, the suspect fled on foot. The Officer was unable to locate Izard, but the vehicle was recovered and returned to its owner.

Warrants for Izard’s arrest were issued. He was taken into custody by Lincolnton Police Officer William Vaughn on Monday (March 14).

Izard was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court yesterday (March 15) with his next court date coming up on April 5.

Izard has previous convictions that include breaking & entering, larceny, assault and drug charges. Additionally, Izard has been validated as a gang member by the North Carolina Department of Corrections. He is a member of the Bloods.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:50

More Info Released on Lenoir Meth Arrests

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The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the arrests of 40-year-old James Clifford Sharpe and 42-year-old Wendy Lee Setzer, both of the same address on Grassy Knob Lane in Lenoir. They were each charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine. Sharpe was also charged with a parole violation, while Setzer faces one count of maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Their arrests were initially reported on WHKY on March 11 and 15, respectively.

The two already face pending charges for manufacturing methamphetamine stemming from an investigation in September of 2014. On March 10 of this year, Agents with the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit raided the Grassy Knob Lane residence after an investigation led them to another “shake & bake” style meth lab. Sharpe was the only occupant when the home was searched. He was found hiding in the master bedroom and taken into custody without incident. Setzer, who was at work at the time, was arrested the following day without incident.

Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Lab team responded and assisted in the investigation. Agents found components and precursor chemicals consistent with the manufacture of meth. Both individuals had also been spotted on the Nplex precursor log buying ephedrine-based products from local pharmacies. The materials were seized and disposed of by the S.B.I.  

Both subjects were jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center. Sharpe was given a $50,000 secured bond, while Setzer’s bond was set at $25,000, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court on Monday (March 14) with their next court dates coming up on April 4.

If convicted, the couple will face mandatory prison time.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:27

Meth Charge Lodged Against Caldwell County Man

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50-year-old Dwayne Charles Haas of Peach Orchard Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Haas was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $13,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.