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40-year-old Wendy Angela Fair was arrested Tuesday (January 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Fair was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for February 27.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:34

Report Of Suspicious Activity Leads To Four Arrests

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27-year-old William David Anders of Gail Avenue in Gastonia, 28-year-old Michael Shawn Walls and 39-year-old Misty Dawn Ware, both of New Moon Lane in Bessemer City, and 28-year-old Jeffrey Todd Crouse of Franks Road in Lincolnton were all arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. Anders was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a stolen vehicle, and driving while license revoked. Walls was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed handgun. Ware was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Crouse was charged on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor larceny.   

Last Wednesday (January 11), at approximately 10:15 a.m., Lincolnton Police Department patrol officers responded to a call of suspicious activity in the parking lot of Bi-Lo at 742 West Highway 27. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect's vehicle. Officers determined that the vehicle was entered as stolen from Cherryville.

Officers located four suspects; three in the vehicle and one in the store. All four were detained. During the investigation, officers located one-eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, various drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. All items and the vehicle were seized as evidence.

All four of the subjects were subsequently arrested and charged. Anders' bond was set at $15,000 secured. Bond for Walls was set at $16,000 secured. Ware was issued a $1,000 secured bond. Bond for Crouse was set at $500 secured. Anders, Walls, and Ware were scheduled to make first court appearances last Thursday (January 12) Crouse is scheduled to make his first appearance on February 3.   

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:04

Wanted Suspects Sought In Iredell County

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The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.

34-year-old Jonathan Hager is wanted for felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hager's last known address was 372 Rimrock Road in Harmony.

38-year-old Misty Chilton is wanted for a felony custody order violation. Her last known address was 4132 Emily Drive in Hamptonville.

44-year-old James Sprinkle is wanted for possession of a firearm by a felon, obtaining property by false pretense, and larceny. Sprinkle's last known address was 264 Autumn Leaf Road in Troutman.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects call the Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180 or the Mooresville office at 704-664-7500.

Hickory City Council met Tuesday night (January 17) in regular session.

Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda approved unanimously. Second readings included the approval of the supplemental municipal agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation in the amount of $579,200. The acceptance of an agreement with Alexander County for the continued operation, maintenance, and management of the Alexander County Distribution System and the consideration to close a portion of 5th Street SW between 1st Avenue SW and 2nd Avenue SW were also included in second readings.  

Parks and Recreation Director Mack McLeod addressed Council regarding improvements to Hickory's mountain bike trails. A motion was made to accept proposal for improvements and staff will work in creating a formal agreement for this public/private partnership.

Council also heard presentations on the quarterly financial report and the proposed 2017 state legislative agenda. The legislative agenda is a list of key issues and talking points that the city should focus on in regard to state and federal legislation.

The Greater Hickory Metro Jaycees and Hickory Young Professionals gave presentations updating City Council on their extensive community projects.

Authorities have released a photo from surveillance footage of an armed robbery in eastern Burke County. Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a robbery at the Fast Track Convenience Store in Hildebran off of Interstate 40, exit 119.

The incident occurred just after 5:30 Sunday morning (January 15). Deputies responded to the scene and spoke to the store clerk. The clerk said a man walked into the store, pulled something from his pants pocket and demanded money. The suspect took money and other items from the store. He then got into his vehicle, which was parked at the gas pumps, and fled the scene, heading towards Henry River Road.  

The suspect was described as a black male, about five feet tall with dreads. He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans. The suspect vehicle is a mid-90s model gold Mitsubishi.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division is working the case. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

45-year-old Jerome Lee McNeely of Liberty Church Road in Hickory has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officer on charges of felony breaking & entering and felony safecracking.

Events leading to McNeely’s arrest began at about four o’clock Saturday morning (January 14) when Deputies responded to a break-in at a physician’s office on South Main Street in Hildebran.  When Deputies arrived, a suspect fled on foot.  Detectives arrived to process the scene.  

At about 7:40 a.m. the same day, a Deputy saw a male subject walking along Wilson Road near 40th Street N.W., but the suspect ran when the Deputy approached him for questioning.  After a short chase through the woods, the male subject was apprehended and identified as Jerome Lee McNeely.  

McNeely was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 17) in Morganton.

The investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:05

Hickory Man Re-Arrested on Sept 2016 Meth Charge

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30-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday (January 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Sullivan’s arrest stems from an incident on September 8 of last year.  He was involved in a single-vehicle accident on the 900 block of Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  The vehicle Sullivan was driving hit two telephone poles.

Investigators allegedly found 0.1 grams of methamphetamine on his person.  At the time of his initial arrest, Sullivan was also charged with D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.

Sullivan was taken into custody without incident Monday at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an armed robbery at the Fast Track Convenience Store in Hildebran off of Interstate 40, exit 119.

The incident occurred just after 5:30 Sunday morning (January 15).  Deputies responded to the scene and spoke to the store clerk.  The clerk said a black male walked into the store, pulled something from his pants pocket and demanded money.  The suspect took money and other items from the store.  He then got into his vehicle, which was parked at the gas pumps, and fled the scene, heading towards Henry River Road.  

The suspect was described as a black male, about five feet tall with dreads.  He was wearing a hoodie and blue jeans.  The suspect vehicle is a mid-90s model gold Mitsubishi.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division is working the case.  Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Morganton City workers were in the process of shutting off water service to a section of NC 181 to repair a water line break. At least 50 customers will be affected on NC 181 from Harmon Street to Henderson Mill Road, including side streets. Workers expect to make the repair and turn the water back by approximately 2 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

26-year-old Joshua Shane Strickland of Blackburn Ridge Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:25 Saturday night (January 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police responded to the parking lot at the Big Lots store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory to perform a health check on a subject who was asleep in a black Nissan Sentra.  Officers woke the man, Joshua Strickland, and saw a prescription pill bottle containing a small amount of marijuana.  Strickland refused medical treatment.

A subsequent search turned up three used syringes and half of a Xanax pill.  In all, 0.7 grams of methamphetamine and 0.6 grams of marijuana were found.

Strickland was taken into custody without incident.  He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with no bond amount listed.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 17) in Newton.

Strickland also has a District Court date coming up on January 23 for multiple felony breaking & entering and larceny charges, as well as a number of vehicular offenses.  He will also appear in Superior Court on felony meth charge on March 6, all in Newton.

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