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Authorities in Burke County are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 56-year-old Richard Dale Triplett, whose last known address is on Edwards Circle in Connelly Springs.

Mr. Triplett was reported missing on April 19 by a family member. The reporting party told the Burke County Sheriff’s Office the last time they made contact with Mr. Triplett was at about 9:15 a.m. on April 17.   On April 18, the same family member contacted Triplett’s supervisor and learned that Triplett had called into work, stating that he was ill and would not be at work that day. No further contact has been made with Richard Triplett since April 17.

Mr. Triplett is a white male, with brown hair and green eyes. He is 5’11” tall and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Richard Dale Triplett should contact the Burke County Emergency Communication Center at 828-438-5500 or the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 828-764-9505.

31-year-old David Robert Masten of Stonebridge Drive in Morganton has been arrested by authorities in Burke County on charges originating in Caldwell County. He is charged with three counts of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, four counts of failure to appear on a probation violation & driving while license revoked; two counts of failure to appear for no inspection and operating a vehicle with no insurance; two counts of failure to appear for driving or allowing a vehicle to be driven with no registration and an unsafe tire violation; and failure to appear for a fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag and a canceled, revoked or suspended certificate or tag.

Following his arrest on Friday (April 22), Masten was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $29,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 25) in Lenoir, with additional court dates coming up on May 16 and June 7.

The 1st Annual Taylorsville Apple Blossom Festival will be held on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds above operating costs will go the Needy Children’s Benevolence Funds in 11 Alexander County schools.

The festival will showcase agriculture in the community through various contests and events. Numerous food, craft, novelty, home improvement, non-profit and informational vendors will be on hand. The festival will also feature a tractor show, two entertainment stages, the Spring-O-Mania Kids Zone, train rides, hay rides, cow pie bingo, a cow milking contest and the “Colors of Spring” 5K Color Fun Run (hosted by the Alexander County YMCA).

More events and attractions will be added throughout the spring. More information is available at www.alexandercountyonline.com/applefestival and on Facebook. The festival’s organizers may be reached at taylorsvilleapplefestival@yahoo.com, 828-632-2999 or 828-578-3159.

35-year-old Charles Thomas Alexander of Zebbie Drive in Casar, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 23) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Spartanburg County, S.C. for a probation violation.

Alexander was taken into custody without incident at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond with an appearance in District Court scheduled for today (April 25) in Newton.

24-year-old Garrett Evan Goodin of Appalachian Trail Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering, felony larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on April 5 when Deputies were called to a residence on Appalachian Trail Lane. The victim said multiple items had been stolen, including a .32-caliber revolver, a Husqvarna chainsaw, a Sebastian acoustic guitar, a Samsung tablet and several pieces of gold jewelry. The victim told Officers that a family member, Garrett Evan Goodin, had stolen from her in the past.

An investigation and several interviews led to Goodin’s admission that he stole the items from the victim. Detectives were not able to locate and recover any of the stolen property.

Goodin was arrested without incident and given a $30,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates in Statesville coming up on May 9, May 26 and July 18, with a Superior Court date set for May 10.

Goodin is currently on probation from previous charges. The investigation is ongoing with more charges possible against Goodin and others.  

22-year-old Jamario Dontae McCombs of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was served indictments by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Saturday afternoon (April 23) on felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and he was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The indictments come in connection to an incident on December 17 of last year when Officers on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex saw McCombs on foot and knew that he had outstanding child support warrants from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. A subsequent search turned up 0.7 grams of marijuana and 0.1 grams of crack cocaine.

McCombs was taken into custody without incident Saturday at a residence on 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,250 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (April 25) with a District Court date coming up on May 11.

Monday, 25 April 2016 10:11

Conover Man Jailed after Pursuit Ends in Crash

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48-year-old Tommy Gene Rudisill of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 Friday night on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of D.W.I., careless & reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

He was arrested after Police responded to an argument in a driveway near 1105 12th Street N.E. in Hickory. According to Police, Rudisill fled from the scene in a 2004 Chevy Blazer. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed and flipped at 4896 Rifle Range Road. Rudisill, the vehicle’s only occupant, was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for treatment.

Upon his release from the hospital, Rudisill was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 25) in Newton.

Monday, 25 April 2016 10:02

Missing Woman Sought in Lincoln County

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 26-year-old Michelle Lee Alpi, whose last known address was on Timberlake Lane in Lincolnton.

Ms. Alpi was last seen by family members on March 28 of this year. Family members say she has a history of substance abuse and could be in a rehab center.

She is described as a white female, 5’3” inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michelle Lee Alpi should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

24-year-old Kevin Anthony Foster of Wilson Lee Boulevard in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of failure by a sex offender to provide notification of online identifiers and a sex offender on a prohibited website.

According to a press release issued Friday (April 22), on April 8, Deputy David Price of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit was contacted by officials at a local business regarding a registered sex offender’s utilization of social media. The subject, Kevin Foster, was recently released from the Department of Corrections for a previous sex offender registry violation. He is participating in a re-entry program, part of which involves the use of a computer for job search purposes.

Officials checked Foster’s search history after he finished using the computer for the day and found that he had looked up several web sites that were questionable and not related to his job search. Deputies initiated an investigation into Foster’s computer activity. They found he had a Facebook profile, which is prohibited for registered sex offenders. Foster also failed to register his on-line identifiers with the Sheriff’s Office.

Foster was arrested on April 13 and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $20,000 bond. He was also charged with a parole violation in connection to the same incident. An appearance in District Court was set for May 4.

An eight-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run near Claremont Sunday afternoon (April 24).

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the accident happened off Deal Road in Catawba County at about 1:35 p.m. According to Troopers, the boy was riding his bike and was turning around at the end of his driveway when he partially entered the roadway where he was hit by a vehicle.

Catawba County E.M.S. transported the boy to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. He was later flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He reportedly suffered serious injuries to his left arm.

Troopers found parts of the suspect vehicle on the roadway. Authorities are searching for a dark blue or black 2005-2010 Pontiac G6. The vehicle may have damage to the right front quarter panel.

WHKY’s Fentress Chestnut is following the story. She'll have details on the WHKY-TV news tonight (April 25).