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44-year-old Terry David Shew of Granite Falls pleaded guilty to felony obtaining property by false pretense during Caldwell County Superior Court on Jan. 13, 2015. According to a news release issued Wednesday, Shew was given a prison sentence of 8-10 years by the Honorable Gary M. Gavenus, Superior Court Judge from Madison County, and placed in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Shew cashed eight worthless checks totaling $1,723 on closed accounts from two different banks at the Market Basket convenience store on Cajah’s Mountain Road in Caldwell County from March 16-21, 2014. He then tried to pay his bill on April 5, 2014, with a worthless check in the amount of $1,900 from a third bank account that also had been cancelled. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department Det. Stephen Raby and Lt. Aaron Barlowe investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 06:09

Lenoir Man Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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21-year-old Robert Speight Felton of Satterwhite Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, two counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Felton was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Thursday, January 22).

33-year-old Jessie Alan Clark of Spainhour Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 21) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged on warrants from Burke County with possession of schedule II controlled substance, and carrying a concealed weapon. Following the arrest, Clark was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. A Burke County District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (January 23).

Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:34

Claremont Woman Charged With Several Offenses

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29-year-old Jessica Renee Pendleton of Love Road in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers this morning (Thursday, January 22). She’s charged with breaking and or entering, possession of burglary tools, two counts of possession of schedule IV controlled substance, four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, resisting a public officer, and four counts of driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Pendleton was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

39-year-old Jeremy Ozais Carswell of George Hildebran School Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. According to a news release issued Wednesday (January 21) on December 24, 2014, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies took a report on the larceny of a 4-wheeler (ATV) from a residence on Buzz Lowman Street in the George Hildebran. The victim reported that someone had stolen his Honda ATV from the property sometime during the previous night.

The case was forwarded to the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division. During the investigation, detectives followed up on multiple tips and leads and searched several locations for the stolen ATV; however, the ATV was not located. On January 11 of this year, detectives received information that witnesses had seen and identified the stolen ATV. The witnesses stated they had spotted a white male riding the ATV on Jacob’s Fork River Road in Catawba County and were able to capture a photograph of the subject just before he fled on the ATV to a nearby wooded area.

The witnesses contacted the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and deputies responded to the area. Deputies along with the victim and witnesses searched the area and the ATV was located by the victim in a wooded area close to where the suspect was last seen; however, the suspect could not be located. On January 12, Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office posted the photograph taken by the witnesses and requested assistance from the public in identifying the suspect. Tips and information immediately began to pour in from the public regarding the identity of the suspect.

Multiple tips identified the suspect as Jeremy Ozias Carswell. On January 13, detectives located Carswell at an address in the George Hildebran. He was interviewed by detectives and provided a confession. Warrants were obtained on Carswell. He turned himself in on January 15 at the Burke County Magistrate’s Office and was served with his warrants. Carswell received a written promise to appear and was released from custody. Carswell’s first appearance was last Friday (January 16) in Burke County District Court.

Highway 127 Near Main Avenue in Hickory was shut down last night following an accident. According to published reports, a dump truck knocked down a power pole. Reports say the dump truck was leaving a construction site with its bed open at approximately 7 p.m. when it hit the pole, knocking it down. It resulted in Highway 127 near Main Avenue being shut down while Duke Energy responded to the scene for cleanup and repair of the damage.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:05

Road To Be Closed Today In Hickory

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will be closing a portion of Sandy Ridge Road in Hickory today. The section that will be closed is just north of the driveway into the Lowes Food’s shopping center at about the area of house number 2909. The NCDOT will be replacing a damaged storm drain pipe under Sandy Ridge Road. A signed detour will be in place, during the temporary closing, from 29th Avenue, NE to Highway 127N and then back to Cloninger Mill Road.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 14:11

Statesville Man Faces 28 Counts of Statutory Rape

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39-year-old Primitivo Hernandez of Chestnut Grove Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 28 counts of statutory rape of a 13, 14 or 15 year old.

On January 9, the School Resource Officer at North Iredell High School received a report from a student regarding sexual abuse. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victims Unit.

The victim was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center for a forensic interview. During the interview, the child disclosed ongoing sexual abuse by a family member at several locations in Iredell County. The incidents allegedly occurred from September of 2012 through December of last year. Potential witnesses were identified and interviewed and the suspect was located and interviewed.

Following his arrest, Hernandez was placed in the Iredell County Detention center under a $2 million bond. He will next appear in District Court on February 9.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:52

Lenoir Man Arrested this A.M. on Felony Drug Charges

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53-year-old Michael Clarence Hood of Cottrell Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested early this morning (January 21) on three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

His arrest came about as the result of an investigation involving the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the Lenoir Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The agencies began investigating Hood several months ago after receiving numerous complaints of suspected drug activity at his residence.

After I.C.E. Agents made several undercover drug buys from Hood, the Sheriff’s SWAT team executed the search warrant early this morning. Agents searched the home and seized a quantity of oxycodone, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, over $4,000 in cash, and 24 handguns. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $1,600.

Hood and another individual, whose identity was not released, were taken into custody without incident. Hood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 13:49

NCDOT To Close Road In Hickory Thursday

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will be closing a portion of Sandy Ridge Road in Hickory, a NCDOT road, on Thursday, (January 22) for the day. The section that will be closed is just north of the driveway into the Lowes Food’s shopping center at about the area of house number 2909. The NCDOT will be replacing a damaged storm drain pipe under Sandy Ridge Road. A signed detour will be in place, during the temporary closing, from 29th Avenue, NE to Highway 127N and then back to Cloninger Mill Road.