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29-year-old Shonniel Gary Vinson Blackburn of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after midnight Monday (May 9) on one felony count each of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while license revoked and a headlamp violation.

Blackburn was arrested on warrants issued by the Newton Police Department in connection to a July 2015 case. He is accused of robbing and assaulting an individual at a residence in Newton. The investigation is ongoing.

Blackburn was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $351,000 secured bond. Blackburn was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (May 10) in Newton.

34-year-old Michael Conner Lamp of Douglas Pine Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to notify change of address.

According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, May 10), on April 13, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to verify a valid address of 104 Douglas Pine Drive for Michael Conner Lamp, a registered sex offender.

Deputy Price had attempted to verify Lamp’s address after he was involved in a domestic violence incident the previous week, but could not locate him. Through further investigation, Deputy Price learned Lamp had moved from this residence and failed to notify the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office within 3 business days as required by law.
Lamp has two pending charges for Failing to Notify Change of Address and one pending charge for Assault on a Female. Lamp was locked up in the Iredell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for May 24.

Firefighters reportedly responded to a fire at an auto detailing shop in Newton this morning. According to published reports, the fire started just before 5:45 a.m. at Newton Auto Spa on Northwest Boulevard.

The Newton Fire Department is reportedly on the scene and they were receiving mutual aid. No injuries were reported as of earlier this morning. No details were available as to what caused the fire.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 06:02

Hickory Man Arrested On Meth Charges

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42-year-old Robert James Salyards of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (May 9) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, conspire to sell meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Salyards was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday May 10).

38-year-old Clinton Dean Cooper of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (May 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine,possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of failure to appear. Cooper was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,500 total bond. No court date was listed.

38-year-old Ayrton Maurice Sullivan of Albert Avenue in High Point and 28-year-old Chasity Nicole Schenck of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory were both arrested Monday (May 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Sullivan is also charged with conspire to traffic opium or heroin and Schenck is also charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.

Both suspects were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Sullivan's bond was set at $225,000 and Schenck's bond is $175,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, May 10).

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 05:24

Boone Man Charged After Meth Lab Seized

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24-year-old Jeremy Dwayne Scott of Margo Road in Boone was arrested by Watauga County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth precursors, maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver oxycodone, possession with Intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued Monday (May 9), on May 4, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and seized a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory at a residence a 373 B Margo Road in  Boone. The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation involving the sale and delivery of methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription medication.   

On May 3, Jeremy Dwayne Scott was stopped by Narcotics Detectives in a traffic stop following an undercover operation.  Detectives seized 32 oxycodone tablets, 41 grams of marijuana, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The investigation led to Scott’s residence where a “Shake and Bake” Methamphetamine Laboratory was discovered, as well as items used in the manufacturing process. The NC State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to the residence to assist with sampling and hazardous waste disposal.  

Scott was detained in the Watauga County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 17.

A Morganton man will serve 45 to 66 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of sex offender registry violations and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Burke County Superior Court.

Judge Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence for 27-year-old Steven Kyle South following his guilty plea last Tuesday, May 3. South pleaded guilty to offenses that occurred on December 22, 2015. He will serve the sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

South’s habitual felon status came from prior felony convictions in Burke County in January 2014, March 2009 and July 2006.

Det. Isaac Propst of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. David Swanson handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

A Valdese man was given an active prison sentence for sex-related offenses during Burke County Superior Court last week.

On Tuesday, May 3, the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced 54-year-old James Edward Stovall to serve 32 to 58 months in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections following his guilty plea to two counts of solicitation of a child by computer to commit a sex act and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The offenses occurred Nov. 19, 2015, and again Jan. 4, 2016. They were investigated by Det. Isaac Propst of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. David Swanson prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

According to WSOC-TV, a 26-year-old Marine has been taken into custody following a stand-off Sunday (May 8) in Mooresville that lasted more than eight hours. The man has not been identified, nor is it clear which charges he will face. No one was injured during the incident.

Following a chase with Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers, a one-mile stretch of the River Highway, from Perth Road to Robinson Road was closed at about 4:30 a.m. when the armed man refused to exit his vehicle. The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.) was called in to negotiate.

Earlier Sunday morning, the man had reportedly been involved in a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in Mooresville. After leaving the scene, the man was seen in Catawba County where he led Deputies on a chase that ended on the River Highway.

WSOC quoted Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell as saying the man refused to surrender and threatened to harm himself or others. S.E.R.T. used a “flash bang” device and tear gas to subdue the man, who was then taken into custody without further incident. He was treated at a local hospital for exposure to tear gas.

A nearby church canceled Sunday services during the incident. Local residents and businesses were also affected by the stand-off, including restaurants that were gearing up for the Mother’s Day rush.