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26-year-old Daniel Brandon Houser of Polo Trail in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of larceny, four counts of larceny of a firearm and five counts of possession of stolen goods. All the charges are felonies. Houser and his co-defendant, 25-year-old Jeremy Neal McDougal of Lincolnton, are accused of stealing multiple firearms and a large amount of collectible coins from a residence on the 200 block of Old Barn Road in November of 2014. McDougal was charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen goods or property.

Houser had been hired to do repair work at the residence. The victim didn’t report the theft until February 4 of this year when she noticed someone had stolen a small Sentry fire safe containing cash and collectible coins. She also reported that six of 12 long guns in a gun safe were also stolen.

Houser is in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. McDougal was arrested on April 13 and remains in jail under a $10,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed for Houser. McDougal will next appear in a Lincoln County courtroom on April 27.

Friday, 17 April 2015 14:18

Lincolnton Man Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

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35-year-old Alan Clark Dorsey of Starlight Drive in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 16) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Investigators received information that a drug transaction would take place in a business parking lot on Center Drive in Lincolnton. Investigators observed the drug-related activity and placed Dorsey under arrest. Officers seized $1,800 in cash and two pounds of marijuana valued at $1,800 to $2,800, depending on how it’s packaged for sale.

Dorsey was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

27-year-old William David Pope of Camp Meeting Road in Connelly Springs, 45-year-old Jackie Neil Workman of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs and 44-year-old Allen Lee Henson of Lauren Creek Street in Morganton have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. All three were charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Pope and Henson were also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Pope faces misdemeanor charges for possession with intent to manufacture a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Workman was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Operating on tips from the public, Narcotics Investigators made the arrests yesterday (April 16) after setting up surveillance on the parking lot at the Halfway Supply store on Highway 18 in Vale. They saw three vehicles pull into the parking lot. An individual from one of the vehicles carried a package to another vehicle. Officers moved in and seized more than three ounces of methamphetamine and some cash.

All three suspects were taken into custody and jailed with bond for each set at $50,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.

More details were released regarding the arrest of 21-year-old Vantrail Jamon Swain of 7th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was charged early yesterday morning (April 16) with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.

According to a Hickory Police spokesperson, Officers responded to domestic dispute at the residence where Swain had allegedly pointed a gun. No shots were fired.  A Ruger handgun that had been reported stolen was found on the premises. The victim was not injured.

Swain was taken into custody without incident at 5:05 a.m. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 17 April 2015 11:53

Burke County Woman Found Deceased

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Authorities have located the body of 39-year-old Leslie Renee Hensley, who was from the Clark Loop area in Burke County.

At about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (April 16), the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office was asked to check on Ms. Hensley’s well-being. After working through the night, in conjunction with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Hensley’s body was found at about 6:30 this morning in a neighboring county.

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the S.B.I. are continuing to interview witnesses and persons of interest. The investigation is ongoing. No additional information is available.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to release an updated statement on the case Monday afternoon.

A westbound Norfolk Southern train hit a parked vehicle near the courthouse in downtown Hickory at about 9:20 this morning (April 17). A white Ford Focus was parked too close to the train tracks in the gravel area on the north side of the tracks. The train pushed the Ford into a white Toyota Camry. Neither vehicle was occupied at the time of the collision and no one was injured.

Hickory Police say the driver of the Ford was likely inside the Hickory courthouse, across the street. WHKY spoke to the driver of the Toyota, who said she had dropped a friend off at the courthouse that morning. Neither vehicle was in drivable condition following the accident.

According to Police, the gravel area on either side of the track is a right-of-way for the railroad and should not be used for parking; however, quite a few vehicles routinely park in those areas when marked spaces are filled.

The scene was cleared and the train was underway between 10:30 and 11 this morning.

Friday, 17 April 2015 05:26

Man Arrested In Burke On 2014 Burglary Warrant

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20-year-old Harold Chance Turner was arrested Thursday (April 16) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony first-degree forced burglary. The charge is from a 2014 warrant. Following the arrest, Turner was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 20) in Morganton.

34-year-old Shalaby Alin Haqq of Stove Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (April 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony sex offender on child premises and two counts of failure to appear for non-support of a child. Following the arrest, Haqq was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, April 17).

42-year-old Jeffery Richard Huffman of 24th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 16) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, along with single counts of manufacture meth, possession with intent to distribute meth precursor, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Huffman was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, April 17). 

A Caldwell County Man who was indicted on multiple sex offense charges in December, was served with the indictments this week in Burke County. According to reports, 44-year-old Kurt Allen Corey of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was indicted on charges of rape of a child by an adult and sexual offense with a child by an adult. He was served Wednesday (April 15). Published reports say the offenses took place in 2009, and Corey was indicted in December of last year. The reports say Corey was not served at that time because he was serving time in prison for probation violation in Caldwell County.

The published reports say Corey also was indicted in December for offenses that happened in 2013. Those charges are also for rape of a child by an adult and sexual offense with a child by an adult, and they do involve the same victim. Corey was arrested in connection with the 2013 offenses in October, after the victim reported to the Robin’s Nest Child Advocacy Center in Lenoir that he had been forcing her to perform sex acts for several years while he was living in Burke County.

Results of an investigation revealed that Corey was a registered sex offender out of Michigan. He was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and was placed on the North Carolina sex offender registry.

Court documents show that the victim of the alleged sex offenses was less than 13 years old at the time the alleged offenses occurred. Corey is being held at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $105,000 secured bond for the 2009 charges. He has District and Superior Court appearances scheduled for Monday (April 20).