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25-year-old Douglas Richard Kraus of Vantage Point Lane in Huntersville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny and injury to personal property.

Events leading to his arrest began in May of this year when Detectives started to investigate reports of landscaping lights and other decorative landscaping items that were stolen from a community off of Perth Road in Mooresville.

During the investigation, four other incidents involving stolen landscaping items were reported. Those incidents occurred in Mooresville on Lake Norman. In three of the cases, witnesses were able to provide a good description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving. The suspect posed as a landscape worker and blended in well with other landscape crews working in the area.

Detectives spoke with several landscaping businesses in the area and were given a list of several possible suspects’ names, which included Douglas Kraus. Detectives were then able to positively identify Kraus as the suspect.

When Detectives went to speak to Kraus at his residence, they noticed a white Dodge Ram truck that matched the witnesses’ description. They did not find Kraus on that occasion or during several subsequent attempts. Kraus was believed to be avoiding law enforcement. Warrants for his arrest were issued on June 24.

Working with Cornelius and Huntersville Police, Detectives took Kraus in into custody without incident on Friday, July 18. He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing investigation with regard to harboring a fugitive and other similar crimes that occurred in other jurisdictions.

40-year-old Patricia Sue Tyger of Pyramid Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 a.m. yesterday (July 20) on one count of felony larceny.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers were told that two Hispanic males were attacking a female, Patricia Tyger, in the median on Highway 70 in front of the hotel. The men were reportedly holding the woman down and attempting to get her purse.

Officers found the men, a father and son from Georgia, on hotel property. They said Tyger had come to their room and asked them if they “wanted to have some fun.” The men declined, but after Tyger left the room, they found that just over $200 in cash was missing. The men pursued Tyger to the median, but the cash was not recovered.

The men were not charged.

Tyger was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Hickory. Her next court date was set for August 7.

The Caldwell Youth Leadership Academy has launched a food drive to benefit Yokefellow. Citizens are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or staple food items to the Caldwell Chamber by this Thursday, July 24 so the students can make a delivery on Friday. Monetary donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Chamber at 1909 Hickory Boulevard in Lenoir. Checks are tax deductible if made payable to the Yokefellow Ministry.

The Caldwell Youth Leadership Academy is an annual two-week summer program presented by Communities In Schools in partnership with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class includes 14 rising freshmen and sophomores from schools throughout Caldwell County. A student graduation ceremony will be held at the Caldwell Chamber this Friday at 5:30 p.m.

For additional information, call the Chamber at 828-726-0616.

Wayne Whaley recently purchased eight VEX Robotics kits for his “Project Lead the Way” class at the STEAM Academy in Morganton with a $12,560 grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County.

Students began with building simple machines like levers and pulley systems. Then they progressed to learning about complex machines and programming. They put that knowledge to use in completing their final design projects using the kits to build a full autonomous sorting machine.

The VEX Robotics Design System provides a starter kit to expose students to robotics and get them interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

The STEAM Academy, which just completed its inaugural year, is located on the campus of the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Jeter Hall with the purpose of providing both advanced placement and honors courses for students who are interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture & Math) careers.

The academy is a partnership between Burke County Public Schools, the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Western Piedmont Community College and the N.C. School of Science and Math.

36-year-old Lamar Rashad Lineberger of 2nd Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 a.m. yesterday for felony possession of cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture a counterfeit controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants out of Catawba County dated June 2 for failure to appear on felony charges of larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $46,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date on the larceny and stolen vehicle charges was set for today in Newton. Lineberger was also scheduled to appear in District Court today on the drug charges.

27-year-old Sidney Jay Hallyburton of Bedford Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (July 20) on one felony count of attempted first-degree burglary.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as two women in a residence on 13th Street S.W. in Hickory called Police just before 11 p.m. last night and said the suspect was on the front porch trying to get in the front door.

Police arrived and the suspect said he was waiting on his girlfriend to get back from Charlotte. The 23-year-old female resident told Police Hallyburton had been there all day and she had told him on multiple occasions to leave. She fabricated the story that she was going to Charlotte in an effort to get him to leave, but he remained on the property.

Hallyburton was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Michael Brenton Leonard of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested last Tuesday (July 15) by Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety on one count of breaking & entering and one count of larceny after breaking & entering.

Leonard was arrested after Officers saw him removing metal sheets and pipes from a fenced in area at the Case Farms Market on Rand Street and loading them into his vehicle. Leonard is a former Case Farms Market employee. Officers stopped the vehicle on West Fleming Drive and took Leonard into custody.

The incident is Leonard’s second involving Case Farms. In May of 2013, Leonard was suspected of stealing metal from Case Farms while he was still employed there. No charges were filed at that time.

After his arrest last week, Leonard was taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on August 6 in Morganton.

As crews begin construction on the newest section of the U.S. 74 Bypass in Shelby, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Plato Lee Road from Beaver Dam Church Road to Artee Road today (July 21). Local access to all residences and businesses will be maintained during the road closure.

A signed detour will be in place to help motorists navigate the closure. Motorists traveling east on West Dixon Boulevard will take Washburn Switch Road to Hoyle Road/Artee Road, where they can turn onto Plato Lee Road. Motorists traveling south on Plato Lee Road will reverse the detour.

The closure is expected to remain in place for six months while crews construct a bridge that will carry traffic over the new bypass.

Construction on the U.S. 74 Bypass started last year. A $33 million contract for the next two sections of bypass construction was awarded this spring.

Monday, 21 July 2014 06:47

Gastonia Man Accused of Rape of 7-Year-Old

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23-year-old Jonathon Ray Campbell of Gastonia has been arrested and charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris with one count of felony first-degree statutory rape.

Detective Paris began the investigation after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York Police Department in November of 2013 about an incident that occurred at a residence on Diamond Lane in Vale in August of 2007.

The 13-year-old female, now living in New York, came forward after taking a health class in school on sexual assaults. She told a school counselor and then told Pottsdam Police that she was raped by her 16-year-old neighbor, Jonathon Campbell, when she was seven-years-old and living in Vale. The recorded interview was sent to Detective Paris, who continued the investigation locally.

Detective Paris found Campbell living in Gastonia and brought him to the Lincoln County for an interview during which he denied the allegations. A Special Agent from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations conducted a polygraph Friday morning (July 18). Campbell failed the polygraph and then confessed to the incident.

He was jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today (July 21).

Friday, 18 July 2014 15:38

Hickory Woman Arrested on Marijuana Charges

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49-year-old Donna Renay Armstrong of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 last night (July 17) on one count each of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after an Officer on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex received information from neighbors that someone was selling marijuana out of Armstrong’s apartment.

Officers knocked on the door, which was answered by Armstrong. Marijuana was in plain view on the living room table. Police searched Armstrong and a man who was present in the apartment, but found nothing on their persons.

They were given consent to search the apartment and found nothing beyond the marijuana on the table. That consisted of a joint weighing 0.8 grams and a plastic bag containing 18.3 grams. A grinder was also found.

The male subject was not charged.

Armstrong was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Hickory.