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49-year-old Brian Lee Crider of Jennifer Lane in Claremont was arrested Saturday (January 7) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of larceny by employee. Crider was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under one-million dollars bond. A Superior Court date is set for February 6.

72-year-old Perry Thomas Michaux of Morning View Road in Waynesville was arrested Friday (January 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with sex offender fail to notify change of address. Michaux was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, January 9), but court is cancelled due to weather, no new date is listed.

Sunday, 08 January 2017 14:06

Closings/Delays For Monday (Updated)

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Catawba County Schools- Closed for students- Annual Leave Day For Faculty and Staff

Hickory City Public Schools- Closed for students- Annual Leave Day For Faculty And Staff

Newton-Conover Schools- Closed, Optional Teacher Workday

Alexander County Schools- Closed, Optional Teacher Workday

Caldwell County Schools- Closed, Optional Teacher Workday

Caldwell County Wraparound- Closed

Burke County Schools- Closed, Optional Teacher Workday

Morganton Day School- 2 Hour Delay

Catawba Valley Community College- All day and evening classes and activities scheduled for Monday are cancelled for students, faculty and staff. This includes campuses and centers in Catawba and Alexander counties.

Lenoir-Rhyne University will operate on a two-hour delay. A decision regarding evening classes will be made in the early afternoon. Staff members are expected to report to work as travel safety allows and by no later than 10:00 AM.

Caldwell Community College- Day Classes at the Caldwell and Watauga Campuses are cancelled. Evening Classes are cancelled at the Caldwell Campus, a decision on evening classes at the Watauga campus will be made by 4 p.m. Monday

Caldwell County Government- 2 Hour Delay

City of Newton- 2 Hour Delay

Catawba County Meals On Wheels And Seniors Morning Out Not Operating Monday

District Court In Catawba, Caldwell, Burke, and Alexander Counties Cancelled

Burke Criminal Superior Admin will operate on a regular schedule (10:00 a.m.).

Caldwell Criminal Superior Admin has been canceled

Catawba County Superior Court has been canceled

Burke and Catawba County Clerk of Court Offices will be open to the public at 10:00 a.m.

Caldwell County Clerk of Court Office will be open to the public at 8:00 a.m.

The District Attorney’s Offices in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties will be open to the public at 10:00 a.m.

Burke County Offices- Postponed, All Convenience Sites Closed, Landfill Open During Normal Hours

Friday, 06 January 2017 14:26

Shots Fired in Valdese; No Injuries

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At 4:38 p.m. yesterday (January 5), Burke County Deputies responded to call for assistance on Leger Road in Valdese regarding a suspect threatening to shoot a victim’s car.  When Deputies arrived, the suspect was behind a mobile home loading a shotgun.  The suspect made statements that he was “going out in a blaze of glory” and fired multiple shots, though he did not fire at the Officers.  Officers did not fire any shots.  

Deputies continued to speak with the suspect for about 43 minutes until he was taken into custody.  The suspect was taken to the magistrate’s office where he was involuntarily committed.

The investigation is continuing with possible criminal charges pending.

30-year-old Jason Wayne Upright of Elmwood Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on Wednesday (January 4) on charges of felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked and driving left of center.

Events leading to the arrest began at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon as Upright was stopped for a traffic violation on Elmwood Road, near Roadrunner Lane in Statesville. The Officer learned that Upright’s driver’s license had been revoked. Deputes then learned that illegal narcotics might be in the vehicle and a narcotics K-9 was called to the scene. The K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search turned up cocaine, a pipe and other drug paraphernalia.

Upright was taken into custody and given a $3,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for January 11 & 25.

33-year-old Brent Jay Harvey Jr. of Danube Lane in Durham was arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense, and financial card forgery.

Harvey was arrested following an investigation that was initiated after a report that a victim’s credit card was fraudulently used at a local business in Lincolnton. Upon investigating, surveillance footage was found of the suspect purchasing a large quantity of cigarettes with the credit card's account information. The suspect in the footage was identified as Harvey and the next day he returned back to the business where he attempted to do the same thing. Officers were called to the business where Harvey was taken into custody without incident.

Upon further investigation, Det. Potts determined that Harvey had “cloned” the victim’s account information onto another credit card and had made similar purchases in both Catawba and Gaston Counties. It was also determined that Harvey was planning on sending the cigarettes to New York for re-sale.

Harvey has outstanding warrants from the cases in Catawba and Gaston Counties for Identity Theft, Obtaining Property by False Pretense, and Financial Card Forgery. His bond was set at $20,000. Harvey has since posted bond and was released. A District Court date is set for February 6.

Friday, 06 January 2017 13:25

Woman Arrested Following Chase With Police

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28-year-old Kendra Michelle McCombs of Stoney Creek Drive in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (January 5) by Lincolnton Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, felony flee to elude Arrest, felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop for a red light, failure to stop for a stop sign, reckless driving to endanger, and speeding.

Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m., Lincolnton Police Department patrol officer Isaiah Matthews was dispatched to Tractor Supply at 401 North General’s Blvd. in Lincolnton, for a shoplifting call. While en-route, the Lincoln County Communications Center advised Officer Matthews that the suspect was leaving the parking lot in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck. Officer Matthews located the suspect vehicle at the intersection of North General’s Boulevard and East Main Street.

Officer Matthews, who was operating a marked City of Lincolnton patrol car, got behind the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop  by activating his blue lights and siren. The female driver and larceny suspect refused to yield, resulting in a chase. Officer Matthews contacted the Lincoln County Communications Center and informed them of the vehicle pursuit. The chase was conducted through the city of Lincolnton before the vehicles ended up heading eastbound on Highway 27 leaving the city limits.

At this time, Deputy Seth Hovis of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit and took over as the primary unit. The pursuit went on for several more minutes and pursuit continued onto Highway 73 then onto Ironton Place. The suspect vehicle finally yielded to law enforcement but the female driver and suspect then jumped and ran from the vehicle. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident by Officer Matthews. The suspect was identified as Kendra Michelle McCombs of Lincolnton.

McCombs was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $35,000 secured bond. McCombs was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, January 6).  

Friday, 06 January 2017 12:58

Woman Charged With Sale Of Painkillers

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39-year-old Michelle Barton Rogers of Falling Leaf Lane in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one count of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver Opana and one count of felony sell and deliver Opana. Opana is an opioid pain medication.

The investigation began when investigators developed information about Rogers selling prescription Opana pills. An undercover operation was established and soon a hand to hand purchase of Opana pills was made between Rogers and an undercover investigator. During the surveillance of the suspect and on the buy occasion, Rogers was employed as a mail carrier and had U.S. Mail in her vehicle.

The suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday morning by sheriff’s office narcotics investigators and agents of the United States Postal Inspectors. The arrest took place at the main post office in Statesville. Rogers was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $5,000. A District Court date is set for January 25.

Friday, 06 January 2017 12:13

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

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20-year-old Austin Eugene Reel of 26th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10:30 last night (January 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested when Officers on patrol in the area of 6th Street S.E. and Highway 70 S.E. conducted a traffic stop in the Midland Plaza parking lot.  Officers smelled marijuana.  The driver, Adam Ramsey, had two needles and a meth pipe in his pocket.  He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

As Austin Reel, a passenger in the right rear seat, exited the vehicle, a small bag containing 1.7 grams of methamphetamine fell from his pants.  He was taken into custody without incident.

A passenger in the left rear seat was not charged.

Reel was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 06 January 2017 11:08

Two Arrested in Hickory Hotel Room

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23-year-old Jessica Diane Hamel and 23-year-old Joshua Brian Price, both of the same address on Pearl Street in Granite Falls, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 6).  Hamel was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Price was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Caldwell County for shoplifting.

Events leading to their arrests unfolded as Police conducting a property check last night at the Quality Suites on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory spoke to two subjects outside a room at the hotel.  One of the subjects said that they had rented the room, which proved to be untrue.

Officers entered the room where they found Hamel and Price and three other subjects.  A search led to the discovery of black tar heroin and methamphetamine hidden in the toilet.  Four pills were found elsewhere in the bathroom.  More heroin was found in Hamel’s bra and assorted paraphernalia was found in the room.

In all, 3.6 grams of meth and 1.5 grams of heroin were found.  Three of the pills were identified as Methylphenidate (a stimulant) and the fourth pill was not identified.

No charges were filed against the other five subjects present.

Hamel was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled today.  No bond information or court date for Price is currently available.

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