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32-year-old Jeffery Daniel Rudisill was arrested Friday (August 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury by strangulation. Rudisill was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 28.

Monday, 14 August 2017 11:24

Felony Burglary Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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31-year-old Joshua Leroy Felder of NW Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Felder was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a snatch & grab strong-armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop, 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.

Detectives say two black males entered the store at about eight o’clock this morning (August 14).  One man pretended to make a small purchase.  When the clerk opened the cash register, one man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash.  The clerk yelled to the owner, who grabbed the suspect from behind and took him to the ground.

The suspect got away from the owner and he and the other man ran from the store on foot, going east on Highway 27.  A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects, who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.  

No one was seriously injured in the incident.   The investigation is ongoing.

A Hudson man will spend at least seven years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple property crimes by a Caldwell County jury on Friday (August 11).

46-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart Jr. was sentenced to serve an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, at the conclusion of a two-day trial.

Rinehart’s sentence was enhanced by his status as a habitual felon, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, sell or delivery of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for use or storage of a controlled substance. Those offenses occurred in Caldwell County between 1989 and 2008.

Between July 4-10, 2015, Rinehart and a co-defendant, Jason Richard Setser, broke into a rental  home on Mount Hermon Road owned by a Burke County couple. The men took items from the home, including antique furniture, electronics, light fixtures and plumbing pipes. They caused extensive damage to the home.

Detectives with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation that led them throughout Caldwell County and resulted in several of the stolen items being found in the Lick Mountain area. Witnesses described items being discarded by the two men and took detectives to a wooded area where the items were stashed. A gas fireplace unit, audio speakers and antique sewing machine were returned to the property owners.

Setser already has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the crimes and currently is in custody.

Det. Ed. Morgan was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the case for the State of North Carolina.

Monday, 14 August 2017 06:03

Conover Establishes Safer Trade Zone

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The City of Conover IT Department, in coordination with the Conover Police Department, announces the establishment of a “Safer Trade Zone” in an effort to help keep people safe when making purchase and sale exchanges via internet sites like Craigslist and Facebook Market Place, as well as safe child custody exchanges. This zone is open to the public 24 hours a day for any legal transaction, however making exchanges during daylight hours is always safer. Meeting someone you don’t know in a safe location reduces the chances of victimization and eliminates the need to give a stranger your home address.

Two parking spaces at the City Hall parking lot (under the water tower) have been designated as the ‘Safer Trade Zone” and are clearly marked with blue “Safer Trade Zone” signs. These spots are under 24-hour video surveillance and the close proximity of the Conover Police Department will provide an additional level of security.

Monday, 14 August 2017 05:55

Lenoir Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

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37-year-old Michael Adrian Dula of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Friday (August 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).

35-year-old Crystal Nina Allen of Hollow Oak Drive in Claremont was arrested Friday (August 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of aid and abet larceny. Allen was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $34,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).

31-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (August 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. In addition, Calloway is charged on bills of indictment with three felony counts apiece of identity theft, financial card theft, and financial card fraud. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14), a Superior Court date is set for September 11.

Monday, 14 August 2017 05:24

Conover Man Charged With Weapon Offenses

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29-year-old Joshua Darrien Little of Travis Road in Conover was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and communicating threats. Following the arrest, Little was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (August 14).

45-year-old Christopher Matthew Hambrick of Floral Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Hambrick was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.

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