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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who broke into a vehicle on Sunday (January 12).

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 2600 block of Teague Street in Lincolnton in connection with a break-in to an unsecured vehicle. The resident told officers a neighbor had found her identification, credit and debit cards on the side of the road and was returning them.

She then checked her vehicle and discovered that a mini-backpack she uses as a purse had been taken from the vehicle. The purse contained $100 in U.S. currency and headphones. The cards that had been in the purse had been discarded.

A neighbor contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to say that their Ring Security camera captured footage of two suspects trying to make entry into their vehicles in the driveway but were unsuccessful. One of the suspects was wearing a blue hoodie while the other suspect had on a dark colored hoodie.

Anyone with information on the break-in or identity of the suspects is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:07

Man Charged With Stealing, Depositing Check

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47-year-old Ian Adrian Ward of Bridges Avenue in Hildebran was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, uttering a forged instrument, and forgery of an endorsement. 

According to a news release issued Tuesday (January 14), on December 23, 2019, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a check being stolen from a residence on Piedmont Road in Morganton. According to the victim, the check was deposited at the State Employees Credit Union in Rutherford College in the suspect’s name.

The victim also reported the suspect had been doing work in the home and had access to the checks during that time. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division obtained video footage of the suspect depositing the check into his account using an ATM. 

During an interview with Detectives, the suspect admitted to taking the check as well as two other checks from a residence in Caldwell County while working at that residence. Ward was arrested and placed in the Burke County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. He is not currently listed as an inmate. Ward’s next District Court date is January 31. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:47

Man Charged In Connection To Theft From Business

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36-year-old William Joseph Feldman of Kisdadee Drive in Mooresville was arrested Monday (January 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense along with single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He's also charged with driving while license revoked.

On Sunday (January 12), deputies received an alarm call from a business on Charlotte Highway in Mooresville. Upon their arrival, the deputies observed one of the front doors had been broken into. The deputies immediately conducted a security sweep of the business, however no one was located inside or in the immediate area. The business owner arrived and informed deputies it appeared the only items missing were lottery tickets.

Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, William Joseph Feldman was quickly developed as a suspect. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives were able to obtain arrest warrants for Feldman on the previously mentioned charges. The five counts of obtaining property by false pretense are a result of some of the stolen lottery tickets being cashed in at various locations shortly after the break-in.

On Monday, deputies spotted Feldman driving a vehicle on Charlotte Highway near Shinnville Road. Feldman was arrested after a traffic stop. His bond was set at $25,000 secured. He has a District Court appearance January 31.

50-year-old Timothy Elijah Bryant of Trailway Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender.

According to information released today (January 14), on January 7, while conducting an investigation into a domestic violence incident, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives determined that Timothy Elijah Bryant, a Registered Sex Offender, was residing at a residence on Trailway Drive.

Detectives notified a Sex Offender Registry Compliance Deputy about Bryant's address. The Compliance Deputy learned that Bryant was registered at an address on Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale, which is in Lincoln County.

It was learned that Bryant had been living at the Trailway Drive address since May 2019. Registered sex offenders are required to report in person, and provide written notification of a new address to both the sheriff’s office of the county with whom the offender last registered, and the sheriff’s office of the new county.

Bryant was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was jailed under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 29. Bryant's criminal history includes charges of felony indecent liberties with a child, felony crimes against nature, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, felony sale of cocaine, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle.

25-year-old Lee Miller, Jr. of Highway 70A East in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police at about five o'clock yesterday afternoon (January 13) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Events leading to the arrest began when Hickory Police responded to the Telco Credit Union on Highway 70 S.W. where a female was reportedly attempting to cash a stolen check. Officers found Lee Miller, Jr. in a vehicle, along with 32-year-old Wesley Jacob Jordan of Brookwood Road in Morganton and 33-year-old Sabrina Shoup Frye of Premier Road in Granite Falls. Officers found 1.38 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle, near where Miller was seated. Jordan and Frye were both charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property.

All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at the credit union. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Miller and Jordan set at $5,000, secured. Frye was given a $1,200 secured bond. Miller was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Jordan and Frye have first appearances coming up on January 20.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:40

Maiden Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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33-year-old Dale Coleman Ross of North First Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:50 yesterday afternoon (January 13) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ross was taken into custody without incident at a retail store on Highway 70 S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

23-year-old Albert Kenneth Brooker of Maynors Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested Monday (January 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation out of county. Brooker was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 17.

27-year-old Dustin Ryan Stout of Redcliff Way in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering along with single felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. In addition, Stout is charged with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and injury to personal property.

Stout was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (January 15).

A ribbon cutting was held Monday (January 13) to commemorate the Catawba County Board of Elections office moving from the first floor of the Catawba County Government Center to the County’s former animal shelter. The new Board of Elections office is now at 145 Government Drive in Newton, next to the parking deck on the Government Center campus.

Beginning June 2019, the 6,877-square-foot former shelter was remodeled to house offices for Board of Elections staff and a large training room for election volunteers. An adjacent 1,500-square-foot building was converted into a secure storage facility for voting equipment, including a loading dock and wraparound driveway to allow for more efficient movement of the equipment during elections.

The move was officially celebrated Monday with the ribbon cutting and reception for Board of Elections members, staff, and Catawba County Commissioners at the remodeled facility. The former shelter buildings had been vacant since the completion of the County’s new animal shelter in 2014. The remodeling project was undertaken by architecture firm YCH and Wilkie Construction and overseen by Catawba County.

 

Pictured in photo, L-R: Catawba County Commissioners Dan Hunsucker, Sherry Butler, Kitty Barnes, Vice Chair Barbara Beatty, and Chair Randy Isenhower; Board of Elections Chair Barry Cheney; Board of Elections Director Amanda Duncan; Board of Elections members David Hood, David Abernethy and Geniey Yang; and Board of Elections staff members Marvin Bentley, Donna Jones, Michelle Hollar and Trudy McSwain.

39-year-old Carrie Medford McDaniel of South Railroad Street in Gastonia and 37-year-old Waylon Lee Wilson of Lowe Street in Mount Holly, were arrested Friday afternoon (January 10) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged wtih felony larceny of a firearm and felony possession of stolen goods. McDaniel is additionally charged with resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer.

According to information released Monday (January 13), the suspects are charged in connection with the theft of a Smith and Wesson .357 pistol. The victim told the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that he suspected two individuals that he had allowed to live at his residence. He said he didn’t notice the pistol missing until they moved from his home on Hilltop Road.

A Detective reviewed video surveillance from hotels at which the two suspects had been living, but did not find the pistol. However, based on information obtained from the surveillance video, interviews were conducted with the suspects which led to their arrests.

Bond for McDaniel was set at $21,000 secured. Wilson received a $10,000 secured bond. They remained in jail as of earlier today (January 14). They're both scheduled to appear in District Court February 3.

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