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Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:52

Bridge Closing Scheduled in Catawba County

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The N.C. Department of Transportation is replacing a Catawba County bridge and will need to close Caleb Road beginning Monday, June 22, while the project is under way.

The bridge over Lippard Creek, roughly halfway between Maiden and Sherrills Ford, will be replaced with a culvert. The existing bridge was built in 1958 and is considered functionally obsolete. The existing bridge is safe, but must be updated in order to meet current standards.

The road is expected to reopen in late October. Meanwhile, motorists can get around the construction with a detour directing them from East Maiden Road to Anderson Mountain Road, then from Country Acres Drive to Goodson Road.

This project is one in a contract for five bridge replacements in Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Iredell counties. The total contract amount for the five bridge replacement projects is $1.7 million.

For more details about North Carolina's bridges, visit the NCDOT's bridge information page.

60-year-old David William Pope was arrested today (Thursday, June 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony maintaining a dwelling, vehicle, or place to keep controlled substance. Pope also faces a charge of resist, delay, or obstructing a public officer. Following the arrest, Pope was placed in jail under $12,500 secured bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 12).

49-year-old Douglas Demill Jones Sr. of Mount Herman Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (June 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering. Jones was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

20-year-old Katlyn Nichelle Milligan of Amherst Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony burning of personal property, misdemeanor damage to personal property, and misdemeanor molesting a fire extinguishing system.

Morganton Public Safety personnel responded to a fire alarm at CHS-Morganton. Upon arrival, CHS security personnel reported a woman running from the bathroom outside the emergency department where a sprinkler head had been activated. There was no fire in the bathroom. Officers did notice a trash can turned upside down, underneath the flowing sprinkler head.

MDPS questioned Katlyn Milligan, who reported that she was underneath the sprinkler when “it just went off.” Milligan initially denied tampering with the sprinkler, but later confessed that she turned a trash can upside down, stood on top of it and held an open flame (from a lighter) against the sprinkler head until (it) activated. Milligan said that she had grown impatient with how long the ER wait was taking and “she wanted to see what it would do.”

A large quantity of water had flooded the emergency department and approximately 20 people had to be moved into a conference room while CHS staff cleared water out of the waiting area.

Milligan's bond was set at $5,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in Burke County District Court on Friday (June 12).

33-year-old Joshua Aaron Gibbs of Sleepy Hollow in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 10) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, and failure to appear on counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. Gibbs was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Friday (June 12).

21-year-old Melissa Sue Whited of Hopewell Church Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested Wednesday (June 10) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of stolen goods or property, and two counts of forgery of an instrument. Following the arrest, Whited was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 12).

Multiple suspects were arrested Wednesday after a search warrant at a Burke County home resulted in the discovery of drugs, guns and moonshine. One published report says four were arrested, another says five were taken into custody. Full details have not yet been released by the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

The search warrant was executed at a home on Camp Meeting Road, which is near the Catawba County line. According to the published reports, the search was conducted after an undercover operation. Investigators reported finding six ounces of methamphetamine, several guns, a large amount of cash and a liquor still they say was still in use.

The suspects were taken into custody following the search, and police reports say all of those arrested will be facing charges.

No names connected to the case have been released.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 02:21

Murder Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

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A first-degree murder suspect made his first appearance in Catawba County District Court Wednesday (June 10).

24-year-old Jamar Franklin Robinson, of Conover, appeared before District Court Judge Mark Killian. He was not given a bond, and his next court appearance for probable cause is scheduled for July 1, during District Court in Newton. The defendant applied for a court-appointed attorney and was given Lisa Dubs on a provisional basis.

Robinson turned himself in at Hickory Police Department Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Octavis Sentex Geter early Saturday, June 6. Geter was found lying in the road on Second Street SE near N.C. 127 in the Kenworth area of Hickory around 2 a.m. with a gunshot wound and died later from his injuries.

The victim’s uncle was present for Robinson’s first appearance Wednesday and received two days in jail after an emotional outburst that prompted Killian to hold him in contempt.

The fatal shooting was the second in the area in five days. 23-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis was charged with first-degree murder last week after turning himself in for the June 1 shooting death of 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison. That shooting took place approximately 175 yards from Saturday’s incident. Law enforcement authorities do not believe the two are related.

Robinson has no record of incarceration with the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, only a period of probation stemming from a May 2013 incident in Guilford County for wanton injury to person/property.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:33

Two Arrested In Credit Card Fraud Case

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24-year-old Justin Tyshawn Avery of Dairy Glen Drive in Fuquay Varina and 25-year-old Leland Marquis Douglas of Kenyan Lane in Charlotte were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officer on June 3. They're each charged with felony Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.

According to a news release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, two suspects attempted to use a cloned credit card at Dollar General on South Highway 16 in Denver while a detective was in the store investigating a similar incident.

Detective Richard Calhoun was in the store office viewing surveillance video of $3,500 worth of gift cards purchased on May 20 with fraudulent credit cards when a store employee entered the office and told the detective two males entered the store and attempted to purchase multiple gift cards and groceries with a credit card that had been declined.

Detective Calhoun called for backup and approached the men in the parking lot of the store about the cloned credit card and following an interview placed them in custody. After arresting the subjects, Detective Calhoun obtained a search warrant for their vehicle. While executing the search warrant Detectives Calhoun, Frank Runyon, and Greg Hager and Deputy H. Prater discovered and seized over 50 fraudulent financial cards. Most of the cards were cloned with stolen account information.

On Tuesday (June 9) Detective Calhoun filed additional charges on the two suspects including Felony Possessing and Transporting Greater than Five Counterfeit instruments and Felony Attempting to Obtain Property by False Pretenses. All of the compromised financial accounts that have been identified belong to individuals from the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area and most are associated with the military. There is an ongoing investigation as to the origin of the financial data breach.

Avery and Douglas were released on the initial charges filed against them after posting $25,000 bond. They have not been apprehended on the latest charges and have been entered in NCIC as wanted.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:40

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Larceny Charge

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31-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of 16th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (June 9) on one felony count of larceny by employee.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in January of this year at the Ingco Express convenience store on Old Lenoir Road. Patrick, who was an employee at the store, is accused of stealing money orders from the business.

Patrick was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for June 12.