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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 11:21

Authorities Seeking Assistance To Find Missing Teenager

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old white female.

The father of Abigail Grace Maguire filed a missing person’s report on Tuesday (November 1). Detective Justin Link said the girl was last seen at her residence Tuesday at approximately 7:15 a.m. She is described as 5 feet-2 inches tall, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Abigail Maguire may possibly be in the Shelby or Gastonia area. She has been entered in NCIC as missing.Anyone with information about the teen’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Justin Link at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

34-year-old Danny Allen Lawrence Jr. of 1st Street SE and 20-year-old Jeila Renee Dula-Ferguson of 9th Avenue SE, both from Hickory, were both arrested by Hickory Police Officers. Lawrence was arrested late last night (Tuesday, November 1) and Dula-Ferguson was arrested early this morning (Wednesday, November 2). Both suspects are charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance.

The charges are in connection to an incident that occurred on July 7 of this year. Police on foot patrol on the 800 Block of 1st Street SE saw a person who had been banned from Hickory Housing Authority Property and followed the person to a residence. Officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the home and conducted a search. Police found two grams of powder cocaine, 4.9 grams of crack cocaine, and 137.2 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.

Bond for Lawrence was set at $5,000 secured, Dula-Ferguson's bond was set at $2,500 secured. Lawrence was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (Wednesday, November 2), and Dula-Ferguson is scheduled to appear in Superior Court Thursday (November 3). 

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 09:44

Reported Rape Under Investigation In Hickory

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The Hickory Police Department is investigating a rape case. According to police records, the victim filed the report on Tuesday (November 1). The incident reportedly occurred at a location on 18th Street NW on Tuesday. The police report says that known subjects sexually assaulted the victim. No additional information was released, the investigation is continuing.

The murder of a woman whose body was found in a Hickory home is under investigation by the Hickory Police Department. Tuesday (November 1) at approximately 6 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to 2043 9th Avenue NE. Police found 66-year-old Patricia Diane Swink deceased inside the home.

Cause of death has not been released, it is believed that the person responsible for Swink's death was known by the victim.  No arrest had been made as of this morning (Wednesday, November 2). Hickory Police are continuing to investigate. WHKY will keep you updated on this case as we receive further information.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 06:44

New Name Added To Burke Sheriff's Most Wanted List

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There's another new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. 50-year-old Scott Anthony Sanborn is wanted for felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Sanborn's last known address was 2627 Setzer Street in Connelly Springs. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (October 28).

You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at the Sheriff's Office website, If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

27-year-old Cordero Louis Thompson was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest Thompson was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 4).

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 05:20

Hudson Man Charged With Felony And Misdemeanor Offenses

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31-year-old David Robert Masten of Gatewood Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Masten is also charged with failure to appear. Bond for Masten was set at $2,000 secured, A Superior Court date is set for January 9.

53-year-old Georgia Lynn Starks was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspire to manufacture meth, and possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. The charges are on warrants from 2014. Starks was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 2).

41-year-old Paula Renee Cruz was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and larceny in Catawba County. She's also charged with shoplifting with concealment of goods on a warrant from Lincoln County. The drug charge is from this year, the larceny charge is on a warrant from 2015, and the Lincoln County warrant is from 2014. Cruz was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Wednesday, November 2) and December 7 in Catawba County, and November 29 in Lincoln County.

An Alexander County man received prison time following a guilty plea in Catawba County on Tuesday.

46-year-old James Maurice Wilson of Taylorsville, was sentenced to serve a minimum of more than six years in prison for habitual larceny and for admitting to being a habitual felon. The guilty plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 1).

The defendant stole merchandise from Rugged Wearhouse in Hickory on October 6, 2014. Wilson was given an active prison term of 77 to 105 months by the Honorable Kevin M. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Stanly County, following the guilty plea. That sentence was enhanced by the defendant’s habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering (June 1, 1995), common law robbery (Dec. 1, 1999) and felony larceny (Aug. 19, 2003), all in Lee County.

He also has prior felony larceny convictions on June 1, 1995, and Dec. 1, 1999, and misdemeanor larceny convictions (July 12, 1999 and March 7, 2002), also in Lee County, as well as a host of other convictions.

Michael Rollins investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. David Learner and Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

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