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26-year-old Lee Roy Lingerfelt III of Lenoir and 27-year-old Carrie Marie Adkins of Taylorsville were arrested today (Thursday, February 9) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers.
Both suspects are charged with felony possession of a firearm on school grounds and felony possession of a weapon with an altered serial number. Lingerfelt is also charged with driving with a revoked license.

The suspects are charged with being on Wittenburg Elementary School property during school hours. The weapon, a 32 caliber revolver, was located in the glove compartment of the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects were arrested on the scene and transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. Bond for each suspect was set at $10,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (February 13).

The Lenoir Police Department is looking for the suspect who stole a White 2013 Dodge Dart from the parking lot of Walmart last Friday, February 3. If you have any information on the suspect in this theft or you know anything about the location of the vehicle, call Detective Hartley at the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2140.

You can also provide information to Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You could be eligible for a cash reward if you provide information leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle and arrest of the suspect.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Hickory with their Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, recognizing the city’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  

The city has received the award for 22 years consecutively. To qualify for the award, the city must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.  Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The City of Hickory Budget Staff were recognized at this week's City Council meeting.

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:02

Man Arrested On Felony Drug And Weapon Charges

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25-year-old Ryan Joseph Guiterrez was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of buy, sell, or possess property with an altered serial number, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin, and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Guiterrez was arrested late Thursday afternoon on Hubbard Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $215,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9). 

19-year-old Quinton Payne Whitesides was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, continuing criminal enterprise, conspire to sell marijuana, and two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

Whitesides was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).

Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:30

Robbery Charge Filed Against Newton Man

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22-year-old Jiovany Isac Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Laguna was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, February 9) under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 10).

Thursday, 09 February 2017 05:15

Lenoir Man Arrested On Fugitive Warrant

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52-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. He's wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. Odom is also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear. Odom was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $57,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

37-year-old April Melina Blackwell of Providence Square Drive in Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (February 8) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest along with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, and injury to personal property.

The arrest followed a chase with troopers after Blackwell reportedly ran a red light. Published reports say the chase started in Lincoln County and ended in Maiden when Blackwell wrecked. There were no injuries in the incident. Blackwell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).

48-year-old Thomas William Johnson was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

On Tuesday, the Morganton Department of Public Safety assisted the Burke County's Narcotics Task Force in executing a search warrant at 131 B Jones Street. During a search of the residence officers found 35 grams of cocaine, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, one and a half pounds of marijuana and 13 firearms.

Johnson was arrested at the scene and charged with the drug offenses. He was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $150,000 secured bond. His first District Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday (February 8). His next District Court date is set for March 1.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:14

Three Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Lincoln County

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32-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of Mauney Drive and 44-year-old Dana Wilson Johnson of Loomis Street, both from Lincolnton, along with 40-year-old Jesse James Trent of Lester Trail in Iron Station have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges.

Gibbs was charged with three felony counts for the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, five felony counts for possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Johnson and Trent were each charged with the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and two counts for Trent.  Johnson and Trent were also charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and one count for Trent.  In addition, Johnson was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

The three were arrested yesterday (February 7) by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers.  The arrests came after an investigation into methamphetamine and heroin sales in the central and eastern parts of the county.

Detectives utilized undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase drugs from the suspects.  In every case, the drugs sold were street-level amounts, sold by repeat offenders.  Detectives say the cases involving the three suspects were unrelated.

During one of the arrests, Narcotics Detectives report that one of the suspects was a passenger in a vehicle that arrived at his residence while Detectives were there to serve warrants on him.  As he was taken into custody, Detectives seized several grams of heroin from the suspect.
Following the arrests, Gibbs was given a $40,000 secured bond.  Johnson’s bond was set at $25,000, secured, while Trent’s bond was set at $20,000, secured.  All three were scheduled to appear in District Court today.

Lincolnton Police assisted in the investigation that led to Gibbs’ arrest.  Patrol Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office also assisted in Tuesday’s arrests.

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