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Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:13

Hickory Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

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36-year-old Clifford Tate Hendershot of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 last night (March 9) on one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

He was arrested after a woman reported that she had seen a man engaging in a lewd act outside of apartment #71 at Hickory Square Apartments. The man, Clifford Hendershot, went back inside his apartment where Police interviewed him and took him into custody without incident. The 37-year-old female victim, who is also a resident at the apartment complex, was not harmed.

Hendershot was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for April 13 in Newton.

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35-year-old Daniel Lee Sherrill of Grandin Road in Lenoir along with a female suspect from Olin were arrested last Thursday (March 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Sherrill was arrested and charged with Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and Injury to Personal Property. The female suspect, who is also the victim in this case, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.             

According to a news release issued today (Thursday, March 10) on March 1, Deputies responded to 670 Tabor Road in Olin to check on a reported unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Once Deputies arrived on the scene they learned from the victim that Daniel Lee Sherrill is a friend who was watching the house while she was out of town. The victim reported that while she was out of town Sherrill changed the door locks on all the doors to the home and kept a key. The victim reported that prior to her leaving town she drove Sherrill’s car and he had her car at his residence. Sherrill stated he contacted the victim to get her to bring his car back but she refused to do so.  

The victim stated she noticed items missing from inside the house. She said that Sherrill had stolen various items that he had previously given her as gifts to include jewelry, clothing, and various household supplies. The victim also reported that food items were stolen at the same time. The total value of the theft is estimated at $550. The victim also reported that a glass table was also broken inside the home. Detectives interviewed Sherrill and he admitted to going over to the victim’s house and admitted to sending the victim text messages taunting her about him being at her house. Sherrill also admitted that he had a kept a key to the house after he changed the door locks.

Sherrill was taken before Magistrate D. Chambers where he was given a $5,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court March 21. Sherrill has also applied for a criminal summons against the victim in this matter. The female suspect is scheduled to appear in District Court March 24.

26-year-old Johnny Laquinton Bing of Engle Hard Street in Charlotte was arrested last Friday (March 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle and felony larceny of a firearm.

According to a news release issued today (Thursday, March 10), on February 17 Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a Breaking & Entering to a Motor Vehicle, and Larceny of a Firearm at the Mount Mourne Fire Department on Mecklenburg Highway in Mooresville. The victim was a Firefighter serving at Mount Mourne Fire Department, and he stated that someone broke into his vehicle while he was asleep inside the Fire Station. The victim stated that someone stole a Firearm that he had secured inside his vehicle. Deputies canvased the neighborhood and attempted to locate any security video footage that may be available, but no leads were developed at the time the incident was reported.

Detectives learned during the investigation that Firefighters in Charlotte, Kannapolis, and China Grove had also reported that their vehicles had been broken into while they were working at the Fire Stations. The Firefighters reported that items were also stolen from inside their vehicles. The suspect in most of the break-ins gained entry into the vehicles by breaking out a window. Detectives were able to develop leads in these cases, and it was learned that a possible suspect was Johnny Laquinton Bing. Johnny Bing was first arrested by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Detectives. At the time of his arrest, evidence and stolen property were recovered from the vehicle that Bing was driving.

Bing was taken before a Magistrate last Friday where he was given a $25,000 Secured Bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 21.  

44-year-old Blu Namath Key of Magnolia Circle in Rhodhiss was arrested Wednesday (March 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Key was confined at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, scammers are using phony but real-looking emails to try to steal thousands of dollars from North Carolina churches. A church in central North Carolina nearly fell victim to this scam recently, and other churches in the state have also reported the scam to their bank.

This is how the scam works: An employee of the church’s finance office receives the email, which appears to be sent by the pastor or another high-level person at the church. The message instructs the employee to send thousands of dollars, via bank-to-bank wire transfer, to handle an “urgent and confidential” situation. The employee is a victim of spoofing, a scamming technique where the crook hijacks someone’s email account and pretends to be that person while sending and receiving a series of messages.

This scam has targeted businesses in the past but the focus on churches is a new twist.

To avoid this scam the Department of Justice suggests you do the following: Set a strict office policy for wire transfers. Remember that money wired away is usually gone for good. Warn employees about this scam.

If you believe you, your church, business or an employee has been approached by a scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.

Thursday, 10 March 2016 05:39

Authorities Seeking Assistance In Finding Suspect

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A suspect is being sought in Caldwell County and the public's assistance is being sought. Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers issued a news release earlier this week asking for citizens' assistance in finding 22-year-old Russell Monroe Dunne.

Dunn is Wanted for interfering with his electronic monitoring device. If you know where to find this suspect, call Sgt. C.J, Bentley with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324. You can also call Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You could receive a cash reward.

In addition, if you have any information regarding any crimes that have occurred in Caldwell County, you can contact Crime Stoppers any time. When reporting a tip to Lenoir-Caldwell County Crime Stoppers You do not have to reveal your name. Crime Stoppers is a community program operated by citizens of Caldwell County which involves the public assisting law enforcement. Again that number is 828-758-8300.

19-year-old Bridget Anne Bessette of George Pitts Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Bessette was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 10). 

31-year-old Kelly Maddy Wood who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Wood was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $23,000 bond. a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 10).

Two suspects reportedly apprehended near where someone attempted to bury a body in Alexander County are in custody and they have been charged with murder.

51-year-old Toni Anthony Hearne of Charlotte and 33-year-old Linsey Marie Lentz of Albemarle were arrested Wednesday (March 9) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with murder and concealing or failing to report a death.

The body of the victim, a black male, was found Wednesday afternoon in the Ellendale Community, which is west of Taylorsville. Alexander County 911 got a call about a suspicious vehicle shortly after 12 noon on Wednesday. When deputies responded they found a vehicle stuck at 6045 Highway 64-90 west. Deputies noticed an area where it appeared something had been dragged into a wooded area.

A Sheriff’s Lieutenant found a body of a male behind an abandoned house in a wooded area partially buried under leaves and sticks. As a precaution, Ellendale Elementary School, which is less than a half mile from the crime scene was placed on soft lock down. A helicopter searched the area along with a K9 unit and several officers. No additional suspects were found by authorities.

Students at the Elementary School were dismissed per normal procedure. The victim has been identified as Robert Adam Hearne Jr.  It is still unclear as to a motive or circumstances that occurred prior to the death. The investigation is continuing and more details will be released as they develop. Both suspects are being held under no bond, they're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday, March 14.  

48-year-old Charles Douglas Franklin of Happy Acres Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of first-degree sex offense with a child.

He was arrested after the Iredell Co. Department of Social Services filed a report involving the sexual abuse of a five-year-old child by a family member in western Iredell County. The incidents allegedly occurred from January to November of last year. The case was assigned to Detective C.M. Benfield with the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. During the interview, the child said she had been sexually assaulted by Charles Douglas Franklin. Det. Benfield obtained statements from additional witnesses and gathered information from Social Services.

Following his arrest, Franklin was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on March 22.