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60-year-old Christine Lawton Grayson of Hickory was arrested May 25 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three counts of sexual act by custodian at a correctional facility.

According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, May 31) by the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Grayson was a traveling nurse at the Alexander Correctional Facility. She allegedly had an improper sexual relationship with an inmate.

Grayson was released after posting $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 43-year-old Brigette L. Tenorio, who has been missing since May 24.

Ms. Tenorio was last seen in the early morning hours on May 24 at 2166 Barsdale Lane in Lincolnton. Her last known address was on Boggs Road in Claremont.

Ms. Tenorio is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5’3” tall and weighs around 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a thermal style shirt, blue shorts with a white stripe down the side and flip-flops.

She could be driving a green, 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix with North Carolina license tag DED 9407.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brigette Tenorio should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:11

Hickory Woman Charged with Habitual Larceny

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28-year-old Whitney Takeyla Harris of 7th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:35 Sunday night (May 29) on one felony count of habitual larceny and a felony probation violation.

According to Police reports, Harris initially gave a false name and resisted arrest. She was taken into custody at the Best Western hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Harris has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 6 in Newton.

37-year-old Brian Keith Johnson of River Bend Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:35 Saturday afternoon on one felony county of possession of stolen property and a felony probation violation. On Police arrest reports, the Catawba County Clerk of Court was listed as the complainant. The warrants for Johnson’s arrest were issued on May 19.

He was taken into custody without incident at the Food Lion grocery store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for July 21 in Newton.

37-year-old Laurie Anne Hall of South College Avenue in Newton was arrested last Thursday (May 26) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with six counts of failure to appear on a count of felony larceny. Hall was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

29-year-old Alexander Kyle Teague of Bridle Path Drive in Vale was arrested Sunday (May 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Teague is charged with single counts of injuring utility wires or fixtures, and injury to personal property. Teague was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $65,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 31).

31-year-old Andrew James Kemp of West 19th Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (May 29) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Kemp was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 31).

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of three suspects last week on drug charges.

Narcotics detectives were conducting a surveillance operation on a residence north of Lincolnton. During the operation, detectives saw what appeared to be drug activity and followed a vehicle leaving the area.  

Detectives conducted a vehicle stop and made a search of the occupants and the vehicle. Detectives seized a trafficking amount of opiate-based pills from a female passenger of the vehicle after she admitted to hiding the drugs in her pants.    

After the investigation concluded later in the week, detectives issued warrants for the female and she was arrested. During the arrest she and another subject were occupying a vehicle at a residence on West Water Street.   

As deputies approached, both subjects appeared to have tried to hide something under a seat in the car. Patrol deputies searched under the seat and seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The male subject, when questioned, gave a false name and was also arrested.  

35-year-old Tara Nichol Boston of West Water Street in Lincolnton, was charged with one felony count of trafficking heroin or opium by possession, and a misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Her bond was set at $12,500 secured. Boston was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, May 31).  

37-year-old Jomo Kenyata Littlejohn, also of West Water Street in Lincolnton, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $800 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 17.

A third person was charged after Civil Officer who was serving a subpoena at a residence near the 400 block of Ed Hallman Trail in Vale, discovered marijuana. The Deputy saw what appeared to be marijuana plants growing in plain view outside the residence. Narcotics detectives were dispatched and seized 21 small marijuana plants.  

21-year-old Johnny Daniel Hallman of Ed Hallman Trail in Vale was charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana.  He was released after posting a $10,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court June 6. 

Lincoln County Narcotics detectives say three suspects have been charged and have outstanding warrants for their arrests stemming from three separate investigations.  All three have been entered as wanted in NCIC.  The suspects being sought by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit are:

30-year-old Jonathan Craig Smith, Jr. of Stanley. He faces charges of Trafficking Heroin or Opium.

47-year-old Lena Stewart Abernathy of Highway 27 in Vale. Abernathy is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

26-year-old Christian James Stewart, most recently from Vale and now possibly staying in West Virginia, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.  

Citizens are urged to call if they have information as to their whereabouts. Tips can be made anonymously by calling the Narcotics Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Inmates housed at the Caldwell Co. Detention Center have been located to surrounding facilities as the result of a water line break on Sunday (May 29). The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office issued a press release this morning (May 31) stating that authorities are working to resolve the issue. According to the press release, the public’s safety was in no way affected.

Sunday morning, a total of 156 inmates were transferred to four other facilities in the area. No issues were reported in connection to the transfer. A plan has been established to return the inmates to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center as soon as repairs are completed.

Maintenance crews are in the process of obtaining the parts required to repair the problem and will conduct inspections to ensure that any leaks have been repaired. The issue arose from a faulty pressure reduction valve that will have to be replaced. Once the valve has been replaced, repairs will be made to lines and fixtures that were damaged by the increased pressure.

Inmates were reportedly allowed to contact family. Anyone with questions regarding an inmate should contact the Detention Center at 828-759-1510.

Sheriff Alan Jones expressed his appreciation to all agencies providing assistance with the relocation process.

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