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36-year-old Lamar Rashad Lineberger of 2nd Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 a.m. yesterday for felony possession of cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture a counterfeit controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants out of Catawba County dated June 2 for failure to appear on felony charges of larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $46,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date on the larceny and stolen vehicle charges was set for today in Newton. Lineberger was also scheduled to appear in District Court today on the drug charges.

27-year-old Sidney Jay Hallyburton of Bedford Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (July 20) on one felony count of attempted first-degree burglary.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded as two women in a residence on 13th Street S.W. in Hickory called Police just before 11 p.m. last night and said the suspect was on the front porch trying to get in the front door.

Police arrived and the suspect said he was waiting on his girlfriend to get back from Charlotte. The 23-year-old female resident told Police Hallyburton had been there all day and she had told him on multiple occasions to leave. She fabricated the story that she was going to Charlotte in an effort to get him to leave, but he remained on the property.

Hallyburton was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Michael Brenton Leonard of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested last Tuesday (July 15) by Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety on one count of breaking & entering and one count of larceny after breaking & entering.

Leonard was arrested after Officers saw him removing metal sheets and pipes from a fenced in area at the Case Farms Market on Rand Street and loading them into his vehicle. Leonard is a former Case Farms Market employee. Officers stopped the vehicle on West Fleming Drive and took Leonard into custody.

The incident is Leonard’s second involving Case Farms. In May of 2013, Leonard was suspected of stealing metal from Case Farms while he was still employed there. No charges were filed at that time.

After his arrest last week, Leonard was taken to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on August 6 in Morganton.

As crews begin construction on the newest section of the U.S. 74 Bypass in Shelby, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Plato Lee Road from Beaver Dam Church Road to Artee Road today (July 21). Local access to all residences and businesses will be maintained during the road closure.

A signed detour will be in place to help motorists navigate the closure. Motorists traveling east on West Dixon Boulevard will take Washburn Switch Road to Hoyle Road/Artee Road, where they can turn onto Plato Lee Road. Motorists traveling south on Plato Lee Road will reverse the detour.

The closure is expected to remain in place for six months while crews construct a bridge that will carry traffic over the new bypass.

Construction on the U.S. 74 Bypass started last year. A $33 million contract for the next two sections of bypass construction was awarded this spring.

Monday, 21 July 2014 06:47

Gastonia Man Accused of Rape of 7-Year-Old

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23-year-old Jonathon Ray Campbell of Gastonia has been arrested and charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris with one count of felony first-degree statutory rape.

Detective Paris began the investigation after being contacted by the Pottsdam, New York Police Department in November of 2013 about an incident that occurred at a residence on Diamond Lane in Vale in August of 2007.

The 13-year-old female, now living in New York, came forward after taking a health class in school on sexual assaults. She told a school counselor and then told Pottsdam Police that she was raped by her 16-year-old neighbor, Jonathon Campbell, when she was seven-years-old and living in Vale. The recorded interview was sent to Detective Paris, who continued the investigation locally.

Detective Paris found Campbell living in Gastonia and brought him to the Lincoln County for an interview during which he denied the allegations. A Special Agent from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations conducted a polygraph Friday morning (July 18). Campbell failed the polygraph and then confessed to the incident.

He was jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today (July 21).

Friday, 18 July 2014 15:38

Hickory Woman Arrested on Marijuana Charges

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49-year-old Donna Renay Armstrong of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 last night (July 17) on one count each of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after an Officer on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex received information from neighbors that someone was selling marijuana out of Armstrong’s apartment.

Officers knocked on the door, which was answered by Armstrong. Marijuana was in plain view on the living room table. Police searched Armstrong and a man who was present in the apartment, but found nothing on their persons.

They were given consent to search the apartment and found nothing beyond the marijuana on the table. That consisted of a joint weighing 0.8 grams and a plastic bag containing 18.3 grams. A grinder was also found.

The male subject was not charged.

Armstrong was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Hickory.

30-year-old Matthew Lee Elmore of Lakeview Terrace in Hickory was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 17) for violation of release order conditions. Elmore was released from prison in September of 2012 after serving just over 13 months following a July 2011 conviction in Catawba County for felony manslaughter.

After his arrest yesterday, Elmore was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 18 July 2014 14:41

Hickory Man Found Asleep in Stolen Vehicle

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22-year-old Edwin Silva Garcia of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (July 18) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Events leading to his arrest began on July 3 when a 37-year-old man from 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory left his vehicle at his son's residence at the Celery Stalk Apartments on 10th Avenue Drive N.E. before going on a trip. When the man returned on July 7, his vehicle was gone. He reported the theft to Police on the seventh.

This morning, Hickory Police responded to reports of a man asleep behind the wheel at the Fox Ridge Apartment complex on 4th Street Drive N.W. That man was Edwin Garcia and the vehicle he was in was the one stolen from the victim.

Garcia was arrested and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (July 21) in Newton.

At 9:45 on Thursday night (July 17), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 300 17th Street S.W. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and one command unit. On arrival Firefighters reported light smoke coming from the apartment. The fire was reported under control about eight minutes after Firefighters arrived on the scene.

No injuries were reported and damages were considered minor. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by unsupervised candles or incense.

Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and Hickory Police also responded to the scene.

25-year-old Timothy Blake Hampton of Chase Cole Lane in Zionville has been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one count of first-degree attempted sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

On June 14, the Sheriff’s Office received a report involving possible inappropriate sexual touching of a three-year-old in Watauga County. The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit, along with the Watauga Co. Department of Social Services and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, conducted an investigation into the incident. As a result of their investigation and interviews conducted with various individuals, Hampton was taken into custody.

He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate on July 10 and placed under a $350,000 secured bond. Hampton will appear in District Court on August 12 in Boone.