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Friday, 02 December 2016 09:33

Felony Assault Charge Filed Against Hickory Man

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20-year-old Rodney Tyler York of Main Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Following the arrest, York was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Friday, December 2) under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for February 6.

38-year-old Shawn Henry Mclean of SW Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of violating a house arrest order. Mclean was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $140,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 3.

44-year-old Jerry Edward Killian of Gunpowder Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substances. Killian was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (December 5).

Friday, 02 December 2016 05:34

Man Charged With More Than 80 Sex Offense Counts

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44-year-old James Robert Tewell of Starwood Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 34 counts of statutory rape, 35 counts of statutory sex offense, one count of rape of a child; adult offender, one count of sexual offense with a child; adult offender, five counts of second degree rape and five counts of second degree sexual offense. Tewell had previously been charged with one count of statutory rape.

On November 25 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding a victim who reported that they'd been sexually assaulted between 2013-2016 by a family member. During the initial investigation, James Robert Tewell was charged with one count of statutory rape. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victims Unit. The child was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center where an interview was conducted. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed.

Tewell, who was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,0000 secured bond, was served with the new charges and given an additional $500,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates scheduled for next Monday (December 5) and December 21).

29-year-old Steve Allen Woody of Park Lane Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary.

On Thursday, November 25, at approximately 12:50 a.m., deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Zion Baptist Church Parsonage in reference to a burglary. When the deputies arrived, they spoke with the homeowners who told them an unknown white male had entered their residence through the basement. Once inside the residence, the male entered their bedroom while they were sleeping and they were awakened.

A brief encounter occurred in the bedroom and the male ran out of the residence and sped away in a passenger vehicle.   Deputies cleared the interior of the residence and completed a report. The Criminal Investigations Division was assigned the case. After a short time, investigators developed a suspect in the case.  

Yesterday (Thursday, December 1), at approximately 8:15 a.m., the Burke County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at 1066 Park Lane Drive off Piedmont Road. The suspect, Steve Allen Woody, was arrested at the residence. He was placed in jail under $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Friday, December 2).

Unemployment rates did not change much in the Greater Hickory Metro area according to the latest report. All but one area county's jobless rates remained the same as in the previous month.

The latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, which was released this week, details the unemployment numbers from the month of October.

Catawba County's unemployment rate is at 4.6 percent, the same as in September. Alexander County saw it's jobless rate drop to 4 percent even, down from 4.1 percent in the last report. Burke County's unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, same as in September, and Caldwell County's jobless rate remained steady at 5 percent even.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.7 percent, the same as in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the 8th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in the September report. Unemployment rates increased in 44 of North Carolina's counties, decreased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34. Robeson County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:12

Charlotte Man Busted for Crack Cocaine in Hickory

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28-year-old Brandon Adolphus-Edward Bates of Woodland Lane in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Bates was arrested for possessing one gram of crack cocaine.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 2:15 a.m. today on the 500 block of Highway 70 S.W. Bates was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:37

Missing Woman Sought By Authorities

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Vale woman. Deputies were dispatched to 6460 Sandburg Trail in Vale around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday (November 30), after the woman’s husband called to report her missing. 34-year-old Shelia Carver was reportedly at the residence around 7:00 p.m. when her husband and his two children went to Walmart in Cherryville and was gone when they returned.

Detective Dan Snellings said Ms. Carver, who was born in the Philippines and speaks limited English, is described as five feet tall and weighing 90 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black and white jacket and carrying a large gray pocketbook.

Carver may have friends in Statesville, Lincolnton and the Charlotte area.

Anyone with information about Ms. Carver’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:28

Hickory Man Arresed on Felony B&E and Larceny Charges

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63-year-old William Howard Bonds of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 last night (November 30) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and habitual larceny.

Bonds was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond with an appearance in District Court scheduled today in Newton.

38-year-old Brandon Shawn Pendley was arrested Wednesday (November 30) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny, and one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Pendley was placed in jail in Morganton where bond is set at $135,000 secured. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (December 2) and next Monday (December 5).

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