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The Alexander County Sheriff's Office reports several felony arrests over the past two-and-a-half weeks.

On August 19, 48-year-old William Randall Cannon of Hudson, was arrested for Felony Conspiracy. He was issued a $5,000 secured bond and his first appearance was August 24 in Alexander County District Court. His next District Court date is September 28.

On August 20 47-year-old Karen Ann Holleman of Taylorsville, was arrested for Sell/Deliver Schedule II Control Substance, Possession of Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substance, PWIMSD Methamphetamine, and Maintain Vehicle/Dwell/Place Controlled Substance. Bond for Holleman was set at $10,000 secured bond and her first court appearance was August 24 in Alexander County District Court. Her next appearance in District Court is September 14.

On August 22 24-year-old Jeffrey Lee Bebber of Hiddenite was arrested for felony Assault with Intent to Kill/Inflict Serious Injury. He was issued a $45,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was August 24 in Alexander County District Court. Bebber is scheduled to be back in District Court September 14.

On August 25 42-year-old Roger Lee Lemons of Princeton, West Virginia, was arrested for Obtaining Property by False Pretense and Exploitation of the Elderly. Both are felony charges He was issued a $50,000 secured bond, he made his first appearance on Monday (August 31) in Alexander County District Court. His next District Court date is September 21.

On August 29, 42-year-old Brian Patrick Mitchell of Stony Point, was arrested for Felony Probation Violation and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was issued a $24,000 secured bond and his court date is scheduled for next Tuesday (September 8) in Alexander County District Court.

A Gaston County man is facing charges following a chase with police that ended with the suspect crashing.

According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, Thursday morning (September 3) at approximately 8:05, Morganton Public Safety Officers were working a speeding detail in the school zone at the intersection of East Union Street and Carolina Street. A Public Safety Officer clocked a white Chevrolet SUV traveling at 45 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour school zone on RADAR. When the officer tried to stop the offender vehicle, the offender sped up attempting to elude officers.

The suspect traveled west into Morganton and then turned right onto Bouchelle Street. Officers initiated the pursuit at this time, with emergency lights and siren activated. The offender vehicle continued on Bouchelle Street toward Sanford Drive and in the process failed to stop for three stop signs. The suspect then tried to turn right onto Sanford Drive at a high rate of speed. The offender lost control of the vehicle then slid into the fence surrounding Catawba Meadows Park before finally coming to a rest after crashing into a utility pole.

Officers found a small fire underneath the crashed vehicle and quickly extinguished it. The suspect was trapped in the vehicle. Burke County EMS, Burke County Rescue Squad, and Oak Hill Fire and Rescue were called to the scene to extricate the suspect. The man was identified as Chaz Omars Durham, 31 years old, of Gastonia. He was removed from the vehicle and transported to CHS Morganton for treatment of injuries. He was then flown to Mission Hospital in Asheville for further treatment.

Public Safety Officers learned that Durham had outstanding Warrants for his Arrest for Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle, Felony Larceny, Felony Probation Violation and Assault on a Female. Durham will also have charges pending from Thursday's incident as well.

20-year-old Malik Selassei Levons of Weathers Drive in Newton, 20-year-old Adrian Alexander Bryson of Eastway Drive in Newton and 24-year-old Scottie Bernard Staton, Jr. of Reid Taylor Road in Sherrills Ford have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with one count of conspiring to traffic in cocaine. In addition, Levons was charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transport, trafficking cocaine by sale, trafficking cocaine by delivery and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

Their arrests were the result of an undercover operation conducted by the Lincoln County Narcotics Unit. The operation took place yesterday (September 2) near the 3800 block of the Maiden Highway in Lincolnton. The suspects arrived and allegedly sold more than 40 grams of cocaine to an Undercover Detective. The suspects were taken into custody without incident shortly after the transaction.

Levons’ bond was set at $75,000, secured. Staton and Bryson were each given a $15,000 secured bond. All three were scheduled to make first appearances in court at nine o’clock this morning.

Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:31

Hickory Man Indicted in Connection to 2013 Break-In

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20-year-old Brandon Lee Hinson of 9th Street N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 12:40 yesterday afternoon (September 2) on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in January of 2013 in which a hole was cut in the side of the S&C Body Shop and various items were removed, including two wrist watches, a cell phone, a radiator fuel pump, four keys and two motorcycles.

Hinson was taken into custody yesterday without incident and then released under a $7,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:50

Taylorsville Man Arrested after Overdosing in Hickory

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31-year-old Colby Boone Ritchie of Bluegrass Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (September 2) on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police responded to the 200 block of 14th Avenue N.E. in reference to a possible drug overdose, which was called in by an acquaintance of the victim. The victim, Colby Ritchie, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center.

In Ritchie’s vehicle, Officers found three grams of powder cocaine and paraphernalia. Ritchie was taken into custody without incident after he was released from the hospital.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:45

Hickory Man Busted for Meth; Other Outstanding Warrants

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31-year-old Jerry Dean Absher, Jr. of Springs Meadow Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. yesterday (September 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants from August 5 for misdemeanor larceny and injury to real property.

He was arrested as Officers traveling through the parking lot at Lowe’s Home Improvement on 21st Street Drive S.E. were told by a motorist that a man in the parking lot appeared to be on drugs. Officers approached the subject, who was identified as Jerry Absher.

Officers found the outstanding warrants for Absher’s arrest. Absher asked if he could call his girlfriend to come get his vehicle. He then attempted to flee, on foot. Police caught the suspect after just a few steps. A search of Absher’s person turned up two meth rocks weighing two grams.

Absher was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton, with another court date on the outstanding warrants coming up on September 30.

According to a published report, the SBI is searching for a body in connection with an old missing persons case in Caldwell County. According to the report, authorities are searching near an old well. Crime scene tape is reportedly surrounding the property. The well is reported to be 40 feet deep. The published report says officials have said the missing person’s case is from 2009 out of Salisbury involving Michael Rustin.

28-year-old Jorge Guerrero of 19th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 2) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with four counts of breaking and or entering, three counts of injury to real property, and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Guerrero was locked up at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court September 24 and October 15.

We have more information on a trio of arrests in Burke County we first reported on Wednesday (September 2). A man along with his wife and son were all arrested in the case which authorities say involved a stabbing. 49-year-old Christopher Allen Coffey, 38-year-old Alice Marie Coffey, and 23-year-old Allen Davis Coffey, all of the same Hidden Pines Drive, Morganton address, were all arrested Tuesday (September 1) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects are charged with felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

On Thursday, August 27, at approximately 9:50 p.m., deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office along with Burke County E.M.S. and first responders responded to 2068 Hartland Road in the Chesterfield community of Morganton. That address is the Dollar General store. They responded in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with one of the victims who stated he and a friend were leaving the Dollar General when a blue car sped into the parking lot. The victim stated three individuals quickly exited their vehicle and two men pepper sprayed him and his friend and physically attacked him. The victim further stated that once his friend was able recover from the effects of being sprayed he attempted to pull one of the attackers off of him. It was at this point in the assault that a female came from behind and stabbed him in his back. The victim identified the three suspects as Christopher Allen Coffey, his son Allen Davis Coffey, and his wife Alice Marie Coffey.

As a result of the stabbing, the victim suffered a punctured lung and was rushed to Carolina HealthCare System in Morganton for treatment and was later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte. Detectives interviewed the victim and witnesses and gathered enough information to obtain warrants for the arrests of the three suspects. The second victim only sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault. On Tuesday all three suspects were taken into custody at their residence without incident.

All three suspects were placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond apiece. All three made District Court appearances Wednesday. They're all scheduled to make their next District Court appearances on September 23.

A Newton resident whose record includes felony convictions dating back to the 1990s was given additional prison time when he was found guilty of multiple charges against him during a bench trial in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 2).

The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced 37-year-old Lamar Rashad Lineberger to serve 12 to 17 years of active prison time in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections at the end of the two-day trial.

Hayes found Lineberger guilty on multiple counts of breaking/entering a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He also was determined to be a habitual felon, a status that enhanced the sentence that Hayes imposed. Lineberger’s sentence begins at the end of the current term he is serving that is scheduled to end in May 2017.

According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, Lineberger’s habitual felon status came as a result of felony convictions for larceny (2014), breaking/entering a motor vehicle (2009) and robbery with a dangerous weapon (2001), all in Catawba County.

The investigation revealed that Lineberger broke into at least three vehicles and stole a fourth belonging to three different victims over a two-day period in August 2014, and took items of value from each.

He currently is serving consecutive prison sentences for breaking/entering vehicles and larceny dating back to March 2014. Lineberger also has served time since 1994 for larceny, receiving stolen vehicles, identity theft, credit card theft and breaking/entering vehicles along with the convictions contributing to his habitual felon status.

Lineberger also faces larceny and drug charges that are scheduled for trial later this month in Catawba County.

Investigation of the cases was led by P.G. Clark of Hickory Police Department. Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.