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Thursday, 12 January 2017 05:56

Authorities Searching For Teen Missing Since October

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The Caldwell County Department of Social Services along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Gaston County Law Enforcement is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl.

17-year-old Destany Shae Pritchard was last seen October 2, 2016 at the foster home where she lives in Dallas, NC. She has recently been seen on Facebook using two different names: Destany Pritchard and Destany Shae.

Destany is 5'7", 180 pounds, hazel eyes and long, colored blond hair. She is believed to be in the Charlotte area with a boyfriend and is considered an endangered youth. Destany left without her required medications placing her at risk.

Anyone having information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Caldwell County Department of Social Services at 828-426-8280, the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office at 704-862-6681 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 05:47

Armed Robbery At Statesville KFC Under Investigation

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On Wednesday morning (January 11), Statesville Police officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at KFC on Salisbury Road. Multiple officers and Investigators responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, it was discovered that an employee who had just arrived at the business was confronted outside and brought inside the restaurant by a man armed with a handgun.

The suspect directed the employee to the office where he demanded money from the safe. The suspect then took bank bags containing cash and fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a green jacket,  grey pants and grey or brown shoes. He was wearing a ball cap over what appeared to be a black wig. The suspect was armed with a black handgun. The employee was not injured.

Officers searched the area, a K-9 track was conducted, but the suspect was not located. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone who may be able to identify the suspect or may have information about this robbery, is asked to call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.

48-year-old Sherri Yvonne King was arrested this morning (Thursday, January 12) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony trafficking heroin. King was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for February 13.

37-year-old Christopher Scott Haas of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of solicitation of a child by computer and indecent liberties with a child.

On Tuesday, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division conducted an undercover operation when it was learned that Christopher Scott Haas was engaged in inappropriate conversation with a minor through social media. Haas traveled to a predetermined location for what he thought was to meet with a minor to perform sex acts.  However, when he arrived at the location, he was taken into custody without incident by investigators.

Following the arrest, Haas was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. He was still listed as an inmate as of earlier today. Haas was scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday (January 11). The next appearance for Haas is scheduled for February 1 in District Court in Morganton.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:59

Broken Water Line Causes Sinkhole in Morganton

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The City of Morganton Water Services Department reports that workers discovered an eight-inch fire service water line that ruptured and was leaking large amounts of water earlier today (Wednesday, January 11). Workers responded after a local resident called in and reported a sinkhole on the Skelly, Inc., property on East Meeting Street. Crews were working to shut off the line as of Wednesday afternoon.

The city expressed its appreciation to all residents and businesses who took steps to conserve water following an earlier request from the city.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:50

Publix to Open in Hickory on February 8

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The new Publix supermarket in Hickory will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, February 8, beginning at 7 a.m. Publix is located at Lake Hickory Crossings, 36 29th Avenue N.E.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:43

Homicide Under Investigation in Iredell County

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The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville.

Yesterday (January 10), Iredell County Deputies were dispatched to what was originally reported as a 9-1-1 hang up at that address.  When Deputies arrived, a man later identified as 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose was seen through a window with obvious injuries.  Deputies entered the home where they found Mr. Moose, deceased.
Based on his injuries and other evidence immediately visible, Mr. Moose’s death is believed to be a homicide.  Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are pursuing leads and exploring possible motives as they attempt to identify possible suspects and potential witnesses.  The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are attempting to identify a man seen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on foot in the area.  He is described as a white male, about 5’10 tall, between 25 and 35 years of age.  He was wearing light brown Carhartt-style overalls with a dark colored backpack.  The man was last seen on a side road off of Shiloh Road.

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.  Callers may remain anonymous.

36-year-old Thaddus Lamar Davis of Forest Ridge Drive in Hickory, 33-year-old Michael Alvin Punch of Lazenby Street in Newton and 41-year-old Silver Elise Jones, with no listed address, were all arrested yesterday (January 10) by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force (made up of Sheriff’s Officers and Offices with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

Davis and Punch were each charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Davis was also charged with felony possession of possession of a firearm by a felon. Jones was arrested on outstanding warrants for one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor first-degree trespassing charge and two counts of failure to appear for misdemeanor shoplifting or concealment of goods.

Events leading to the arrests began as Investigators responding to an anonymous tip went to a residence where they saw a suspicious vehicle in the area. They identified a female passenger as Silver Jones, who was mentioned in the anonymous tip. Investigators knew that Jones had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

A traffic stop was conducted, during which methamphetamine was found. Investigators learned that the driver, Thaddus Davis, lived at the residence mentioned in the anonymous tip.

Investigators conducted a consent search of the residence, leading to the discovery of more meth and a 9mm handgun. The meth seized had a total weight of 40 grams.

All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Davis set at $30,000, secured. Punch was given a $15,000 secured bond, while Jones was held under a $2,000 secured bond. Davis and Punch were both due in court today. Jones has a District Court coming up on February 6.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests may be forthcoming.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:47

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Fugitive Warrant

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30-year-old Evan McClain Mavant Burks of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 last night (January 10) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce on a warrant issued in April of 2015.

Burks was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Clayton County, Georgia where he was on probation for an aggravated battery conviction in June of 2013. According to Police reports, Burks failed to report for an administrative hearing and was wanted for failure to pay, as ordered. The fugitive warrant was issued in March of 2015.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $170,000 secured bond on the fugitive warrant, plus a $200 bond on the marijuana charge. Burks was scheduled to make a first appearance in court yesterday with additional District Court appearances scheduled for February 9 & 13 in Newton.

45-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (January 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and habitual larceny.

He was arrested after he was observed allegedly concealing hats under his clothing at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. McKinney was stopped past the last point of sale and escorted to the store’s Loss Prevention Office. Three Under Armour hats and three Nike hats were recovered. The hats were valued at about $150.

McKinney had previously been banned from the store in February of last year.

McKinney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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