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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:03

Maiden Woman Arrested for Habitual Larceny

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41-year-old Cathy Louise Hubbard of Union Street in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (May 5). She was charged with habitual larceny.

Police responded to the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard at about 2:50 p.m. in reference to a reported larceny. A Loss Prevention Officer at the store said he saw a white female go past the last point of sale without paying for a number of items including SlimQuick Gummies, purses, feminine pads, a Ninja Turtle toothbrush, tanning spray, shoes, shirts and shorts, all with valued at just under $500.

Hubbard had previously been charged with habitual larceny earlier this year.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:50

Two Arrested On Multiple Meth Charges

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28-year-old Christopher Baird and 28-year-old Leighkatherine Mina, both of Highway 194 South, were arrested April 20 by Watauga County Sheriff's Officers. Charges against the suspects include Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursor Chemicals and Conspiracy to Possess Precursor Chemicals. On April 20, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, NC DPS Probation and Parole, US Marshals Service, ASU PD, Boone PD and the NC SBI located a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory while conducting a warrantless search on Christopher Baird.         

Baird was arrested and charged when Officers located items consistent with those used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine. Mina was also charged in the incident. Before this arrest Baird was on Probation for Possession/Distribution of Methamphetamine Precursors. His probation stemmed from numerous methamphetamine related charges, which include Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursor Chemicals and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Prior to this instance, another clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was located at the residence. The suspect charged and convicted in that incident was Charles Kevin Baird, Chris Baird’s father. He received a sentence of more than nine years for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and currently incarcerated at the Alexander Correctional Facility in Taylorsville.

Both Baird and Mina are incarcerated at the Watauga County Detention under $375,000 and $100,000 bond, respectively. They both have a court date May 12 at the Watauga County Courthouse.

23-year-old Octavis Sentex Geter of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested just before midnight last night (May 5) as Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle that was parked in a driveway. Officers approached and found four subjects in or near the vehicle. All four were searched, but no contraband was found on their persons.

Police searched the vehicle and found 19.3 grams of marijuana and 2.6 grams of crack cocaine under the seat where Geter had been sitting.

He was taken into custody without incident. The other three subjects were not charged. Geter was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for Friday (May 8) in Hickory.

24-year-old Courtney Deann Smith of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:10 last night (May 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

She was arrested after an Officer traveling in the area of 9th Avenue N.E. and 9th Street N.E. saw a vehicle with the lights off parked on the wrong side of the road in a no parking zone. Officers approached the vehicle, which was occupied by Smith and a male subject.

A routine records check showed that Smith had an outstanding warrant for her arrest issued in April on a felony marijuana charge. 0.6 grams of marijuana was also found in the vehicle.

Smith was taken into custody without incident. The other subject was not charged. Smith was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 8 with a District Court date scheduled for July 8.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 06:09

Multiple Child Sex Offense Charges Filed

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40-year-old Gerald Shane Summers was arrested Tuesday (May 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of sex offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Iredell County Department of Social Services in which the mother of an 11 year child reported that her daughter was touched inappropriately by the mother’s boyfriend. The report was sent to the Sheriff’s Office and The Special Victims Unit began an investigation. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant C M Benfield.

The child was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center where a forensic interview was completed. During the interview the child made disclosures that while at the residence in western Iredell County the child, mother and the suspect were all sleeping in the same bed. During the night the suspect began touching her in her private areas and then had sexual intercourse with her.

The child then told her mother about the incident the next morning and that’s when the mother came to make the report.

After completing their investigation, Detectives then obtained warrants for Gerald Shane Summers. Following his arrest,Summers was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

33-year-old Amelia Dawn Blevins of Overbrook Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with breaking or entering to a building and second-degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Blevins was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for May 26.

30-year-old Katie Ann Courtner of Smokey Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with first-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Courtner was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

39-year-old Davy Leonard Goodman of Greentree Acres in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (May 5) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in amphetamine, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Goodman was placed in jail under $108,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 1.

29-year-old Lindsey Renea Settlemyre of Hemphill Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with three counts apiece of maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Settlemyre is charged with two counts apiece of sell schedule II controlled substance and deliver schedule II controlled substance plus a single count of conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Settlemyre was incarcerated this morning (Wednesday, May 6) at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $80,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 29.

According to a news release from the Western District Office of the U.S. Attorney General, the final three defendants charged in connection to drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession in Catawba County were sentenced Monday in federal court. A published report says the sentences round up the sentencing of more than 25 defendants connected to the investigation, according to the attorney general’s office in Asheville. The three men sentenced Monday are all Hickory residents, they are as follows:

27-year-old Lavoris Hector, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

36-year-old Kenneth Norman, who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by three years of probation.

22-year-old Tyree Rhinehardt, who was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison plus three years of probation. He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to the news release, the defendants were charged following a seven-month-long investigation, which started in October 2012. During the investigation, law enforcement seized more than 80 firearms, including 53 handguns, 19 rifles, 10 shotguns and one short-barrel shotgun. Officers also found more than 1,125 grams of cocaine and 230 grams of marijuana, valued at more than $55,000.