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Monday, 13 July 2015 13:24

Man Charged In Burke As Habitual Felon

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37-year-old Shannon Richard Aughenbaugh was arrested Friday (July 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged as an habitual felon. In addition, Aughenbaugh is facing three counts of failure to appear in court. Following the arrest, Aughenbaugh was jailed in Morganton under $81,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 20).

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying three people that were involved in a breaking & entering and two counts of first-degree trespassing. Surveillance photos were provided by the Sheriff's Office. The pictures are from a pool located on Castle Pine Lane in Statesville.

One suspect appears to be a white male with numerous tattoos. The second suspect looks to be either a Hispanic or black male with short hair and facial hair. The third suspect is a white female who appears to be short and heavyset.  

The suspects in the first incident broke into the pump room and bathrooms, causing damage to the doors. In the second incident, all three suspects crossed over the fence. A short time later, they saw the camera system and left without stealing or damaging anything.

Anyone with information should call Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340 or Detective Sergeant Cameron Jones at 704-878-3180.

21-year-old Taylor James Nichols of 4th Street Drive N.W. was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

His arrest came about when Police responded to reports of a possible armed robbery in the parking lot at the Taco Bell restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. As Officers arrived, they saw three motorcycles leaving the parking lot.

A high-speed chase ensued on Highway 70, the McDonald Parkway and I-40. Police abandoned the chase when they determined it to be a safety risk for themselves, the suspects and the public.

A short time later, Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers spotted the motorcycles on Springs Road. Officers pursued the bikes until one driver, Taylor Nichols, crashed. He was not injured.

Hickory Police say the subject who reported the armed robbery was intoxicated. Police learned that the victim was, in fact, not robbed, but was assaulted. He was taken to a local hospital to be sure that sutures from a previous injury had not ruptured during the altercation. The victim did not sustain any serious injuries.

Nichols was taken into custody at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He was released about an hour later under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Hickory.

Hickory Police are investigating two robberies on successive days at Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont. The first incident occurred at about 2:35 Saturday afternoon (July 11). The second robbery took place about 24 hours later at 2:20 on Sunday.

Police say the suspect is the same person in both incidents. He is described as a white male in his early 20s. He has a slim build, blond hair and pierced ears. He did not wear a mask and wore different clothing during each robbery.

In the first incident, the suspect entered the restaurant, approached the register and presented a note, which he then took back. The note contained threatening language, and the suspect also made verbal threats. The man implied that he was armed, but never displayed a weapon.

It’s not clear if the suspect presented a note during the second incident, but the manager, a 38-year-old male from Hickory, was on-duty during both incidents and immediately recognized the suspect the second time.

Customers were present in the restaurant during both robberies. No one was injured.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

28-year-old Erica Monta Kincaid was arrested today (Monday, July 13) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Following the arrest, Kincaid was incarcerated in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today.

Monday, 13 July 2015 05:27

Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

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28-year-old Micah Randal Huntley of Urban Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers. He’s charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, felony possession of cocaine, and driving while impaired. Following the arrest, Huntley was detained this morning (Monday, July 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today.

A marijuana grow operation was busted by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force. On Friday, investigators received a tip regarding a possible operation at a home at 3178 Ledford Road in Vale. When officers arrived, 34-year-old Jensen Creed Reinhardt answered the door and gave the officers consent to search his home.

According to law enforcement reports, investigators say they found a false wall in the basement that concealed a marijuana growing operation. Officers seized the drugs and the growing equipment and arrested Reinhardt.

Prior to taking Reinhardt to the detention facility, officers searched him and found a gram of methamphetamine in his right front pants pocket. During a search of his home they also found 11 guns.

Reinhardt is charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of firearm by a felon. In addition, Reinhardt is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today.

Monday, 13 July 2015 04:46

Burke County Plant Sold, Jobs Affected

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A Burke County plant has been sold and the sale will affect some jobs at the company. According to a published report, the Morganton Sypris Solutions plant has been sold. It's assets have been sold to it's largest customer, Meritor. According to the report, the sale went through late last Thursday.

Employees were told of the sale on Friday, the report says the company does plan to continue production. The published report says of the 140 workers who were employed at the plant when Sypris sold its assets, 117 were offered employment from Meritor.

Meritor reportedly paid Sypris $14.5 million in cash at closing for some of the Morganton equipment, related assets and intellectual property, rent on a five-year lease of the property, inventories and accounts receivable and assumed or released certain accounts payable and other accrued liabilities.

A news release from Meritor says The Morganton facility currently manufactures trailer axle beams, machines carriers and differentials for Meritor, in addition to producing light vehicle components for other customers, according to a release from Meritor. The Morganton plant is the fourth manufacturing facility Meritor has in North Carolina, with other sites in Forest City, Fletcher and Maxton.

Sypris will reportedly keep the Morganton property. The report says Meritor will have a five-year contract to lease the building with an option to buy it or extend its lease another 15 years.

A robbery at a business in Statesville that included the theft of a vehicle is currently under investigation.

On Sunday, July 5, at 10:15 P.M. Statesville Police responded to a reported armed robbery at Fast Phil’s at 1530 Shelton Ave. Responding officers spoke with the store clerks who told them they were preparing to close the store for the night when the suspect entered through the front door. The suspect had an unidentified sharp object in his hand and demanded money from one of the store clerks. The suspect was unable to get cash from the store and subsequently stole a carton of Newport cigarettes and the clerk’s keys.

The suspect fled the scene on foot. According to the news release, at some point during the night the clerk’s vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the business. The stolen vehicle is a silver 2006 Kia Sedona van with N.C. Registration BHZ-5850. The suspect is described as a black male, six feet tall, with a camouflage hat, white tank top, and sweatpants.         

The Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident and anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect or the location of the vehicle can contact the Investigations Division at 704-878-3515, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

23-year-old Phillip Voltz of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested last Friday (July 10) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with first-degree sexual offense, assault inflicting serious injury, and assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Voltz was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for this Friday (July 17).