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Friday, 13 March 2015 05:46

Maiden Woman Arrested On Several Charges

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44-year-old Tamara Burrus Smith of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (March 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of financial card fraud, two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods, financial identity fraud, and two counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Thursday (March 19).

A new order has delayed demolition of the old Hildebran School building. A hearing was initially planned for Thursday, but that was not held. A consent order was issued that delays any action by the town until July.

A civil trial date of July 20 is when “this matter may be heard upon it's merits” according to court paperwork. The town will not be able to take any action to demolish the building until after the civil trial.

Hildebran Town Hall and other offices are in what's called the newer part of the old school building complex. The section slated for demolition was the oldest part that was built in 1917. Estimates to fix the current building are as high as two-million-dollars.

20-year-old Lori Elizabeth Johnson and 32-year-old Thomas Clayton Murray, both of Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton, were arrested Wednesday (March 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Both are charged with one felony count each of Trafficking in Opium or Heroin and Maintaining a Dwelling for a Controlled Substance. In addition Murray was charged with felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, felony Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver Schedule VI Controlled Substance and one misdemeanor count of Child Abuse.

Additional charges on Johnson were one misdemeanor count each of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule IV, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Abuse.

The child abuse charge is shown on the warrant as “creating and allowing a substantial risk of physical injury upon a child by other than accidental means by creating an environment (illegal drugs) for a child to live in.”

On Wednesday (March 11) Lincoln County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1800 block of Beaumont Lane in Lincolnton after receiving information that drugs were being sold out of the residence. Investigators seized 7-point-7 grams of marijuana, hydrocodone pills and drug paraphernalia.

Johnson was jailed under $40,000 secured bond with a District Court appearance scheduled for March 31. Murray was placed in jail under $60,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for April 2.

23-year-old Wesley Aaron Yancey and 26-year-old Robert Kody Chase Loggins, both of the same Evans Drive, Connelly Springs address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers and each charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.

Last Thursday, (March 5) the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence where a breaking and entering had just occurred. The victim was able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle that the suspects fled the scene in. Detectives located and spoke to the owner of the vehicle and learned the owner had given permission to Wesley Yancey and Robert Loggins to borrow the vehicle. At that time the suspects had not returned the vehicle.

Officers returned to the residence a short while later and located the vehicle in the driveway. The home was searched and Wesley Yancey was found hiding downstairs. Yancey was taken into custody without incident but refused to provide information regarding the whereabouts of Robert Loggins. Officers were able to obtain information that Loggins rented a storage locker in Long View. At the storage facility, detectives found the gate unlocked and contacted the owner of the facility informing them of same. The Long View Police Department was also contacted to assist with the search. The Long View Police Department agreed to secure the scene until detectives with the BCSO returned with a search warrant.

In the meantime, the owner of the storage facility attempted to gain entry into his personal locker which is located next to the suspect’s locker but was unable to open the door. After continued efforts, the owner was able to open his personal storage unit and found Robert Loggins hiding inside. Loggins attempted to flee but was apprehended by Long View Police Department. Further investigation at the scene, revealed that Loggins had also gained entry into the facilities “payment box” and had stolen checks. Loggins was charged with “safecracking” in addition to the Burke County charges.

The majority of the property taken from the B&E that occurred on March 5 was returned to the homeowner. Additional property recovered from inside the storage unit led to solving 4 additional B&E cases. Property was returned to the rightful owners.

Yancey’s bond was set at $25,000 and Loggins’ bond was set at $10,000. They both made first court appearances last Friday.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:03

Homeowner Will Not be Charged in Fatal Shooting

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A Claremont man who shot and killed an intruder in his home has been officially cleared of any wrongdoing.

Bruce Fox was at his residence on River Bend Road in eastern Catawba County on February 23 when an intruder entered the house after kicking in the interior basement door. Mr. Fox fatally shot the intruder, identified as 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, with a 12-gauge shotgun.

After reviewing the evidence, District Attorney David Learner determined that Mr. Fox acted appropriately. His firearm was returned to him and he will NOT face charges.

After the shooting Dixon, Fox saw a blue mini-van driving away from his house. 26-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger was arrested on February 25 for his involvement in the break-in.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:08

Man with Family in Newton Remains Missing

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As of noon today (March 12), Newton Police report that 69-year-old Gary Marvin Brady is still missing. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons had issued a Silver Alert for Mr. Brady. That Silver Alert has since been canceled; however, Mr. Brady has not been found.

Mr. Brady is described as a white male. He is 5’9” tall and weighs 250 pounds. He has blue eyes and gray, shoulder-length hair, bald on the top. Mr. Brady wears glasses and has a long, gray, stringy beard. He was last seen wearing a navy blue trench coat, light blue button-down shirt, dark blue dress pants and black wingtip shoes.

Mr. Brady was last seen at North Carolina Central University in Durham and was believed to be traveling west on Interstate 40 in a white 2012 Toyota Camry with N.C. license tag CBN-3132.

Mr. Brady’s possible destination is his mother’s residence on South Cline Avenue in Newton.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gary Marvin Brady should call Officer B.J. Cloninger at the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

Officials at N.C. Central initially declined to apply to the state for a Silver Alert. The Silver Alert that was issued late Tuesday night came as the result of an application from Newton Police. Campus Police in Durham have now reconsidered and, as the jurisdiction from which Mr. Brady went missing, they may now apply for the issuance of another Silver Alert.

42-year-old Timothy Wayne Poole of Norman-Caraway Drive in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count each for child support and larceny. He was also charged with a felony probation violation and with four counts of misdemeanor failure to appear on traffic violations.

At about noon on Tuesday (March 10), the Sheriff’s Office received information indicating that Poole was at his mother’s residence on Norman-Caraway Drive, off of Salem Road. Poole had six active warrants in Burke County and was wanted for questioning regarding a breaking & entering that occurred in February.

While investigating the B&E, Officers learned that Poole had been using large quantities of methamphetamine and was possibly in possession of a firearm. Responding Officers arrived at the scene and attempted to make contact, but the occupants inside refused to respond.

Shortly after arrival, Officers were contacted by DSS requesting that Officers check on the well-being of Poole’s mother. Approximately two hours later, Poole’s mother exited the residence and informed Officers that Timothy Poole was inside.

Officers continued to communicate with Poole by public address and telephone. On numerous occasions, Poole stood in the doorway and communicated face-to-face with Officers, asking to speak with his Probation Officer. The Probation Officer arrived and spoke to Poole numerous times by telephone.

Poole eventually exited the residence and was arrested without incident. During transport to the Magistrate’s office, Poole became unresponsive and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Morganton for treatment. Following treatment, Poole told Officers he had consumed an “eight ball of meth” and had taken numerous Xanax pills.

Poole was confined in the Burke Catawba Detention Facility with bond set at $64,500, secured. He will appear in court on March 11, April 20 and June 9.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending.

22-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a schedule I controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from January 2014 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

No details were released regarding today’s charges. In the stolen vehicle case, Chisholm was charged in connection to the theft of a van from the 400 block of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Officers found the van when Chisholm went through a traffic stop. He was originally charged on January 30, 2014.

Chisholm was taken into custody without incident at about 3:45 this morning and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were set for tomorrow.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 06:45

Man Arrested In Burke On Felony Larceny Charge

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22-year-old Jeffery Logan Parker was arrested Wednesday (March 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny and failure to appear. Following the arrest, Parker was placed in jail where he is being held under $63,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (March 13).

The driver who died following an accident at a Hickory apartment complex yesterday (March 11) has been identified as 46-year-old James Wesley Andes of Hickory.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. when a GMC Sierra truck ran off the roadway and hit two trailers before running up a hill and coming to a stop. The incident occurred at the Hickory Trace Village apartments on 5th Street N.E. in Hickory.

A Hickory Police spokesperson said emergency personnel responded to a possible cardiac event in connection to the accident. Mr. Andes received C.P.R. at the scene and was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where he passed away a short time later. Mr. Andes died as the result of the medical event that caused the accident and not as the result of the accident itself.

Hickory Police, the Hickory Fire Department and E.M.S. personnel all responded to the scene.