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26-year-old Herbert James Hubbard of Overcash Road in Troutman was arrested last Friday (February 26) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault on a female, assault by strangulation, assault in the presence of a minor, assault on a child less than 12, and misdemeanor child abuse.

On February 18, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 159 Overcash Road in Troutman in reference to a domestic dispute. The victim reported that she had been assaulted and pushed multiple times by her boyfriend, Herbert James Hubbard. The assaults occurred while she was holding their six month old child in her arms.

According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, during the assault, Hubbard strangled the victim until she could not breathe. The victim struggled to get away by trying to scratch at Hubbard’s eyes while he was squeezing her throat. The victim was able to get away from the house with their child and called 911 from her vehicle.

Deputy Matthew Talbert responded to the call and placed Hubbard under arrest. Bond was set at $15,000 following that arrest.

The investigation was forwarded to Detective Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.  After further investigation, Detective Harwell obtained three additional warrants on Hubbard for Assault on a Child less than 12, Assault in the Presence of a Minor and Misdemeanor Child Abuse.

Hubbard was located last Friday and arrested on the new charges and placed under an additional bond of $10,000. He's scheduled to appear in District Court March 7.
                                     

22-year-old Tyrell Jerome Gentry of Odell Road and 20-year-old Desmond Antray Rashawn Gray of Miller Farm Road, both from Statesville, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Gentry was arrested last Friday (February 26) and Gray was arrested Monday (February 29). They're both charged with First Degree Burglary, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflecting Serious Injury, and Larceny of a Firearm.   

Last Wednesday (February 24) at 3:24 a.m. Kyle Thomas Jones called 911 to report he had been robbed. When officers arrived  Jones told them he had been robbed by five or six men. Jones told Deputies he heard something and got his firearm and was ambushed by the suspects. Jones told Deputies one of the male subjects robbed him of his gun, cash and other items. Jones told Deputies he was struck with a hammer during the attack and sought medical attention due to his injuries.
     
Detectives were assigned to follow up on the investigation. Interviews were conducted with others at the home when the robbery occurred along with other people identified as having information. Two of the suspects were identified as Gentry and Gray.

Gentry was was placed in jail under $75,000 secured bond and made his first court appearance last Friday. Gray was jailed under $100,000 secured bond and had a court appearance scheduled for Monday.

The investigation is ongoing in attempt to identify the other suspects involved. Anyone with information is ask to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. 

21-year-old Auburn Odell Clement of Fairgate Drive in Statesville was arrested Monday (February 29) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged on warrants from Iredell County with four counts of identity theft, and one count of unlawfully obtaining a credit card. In Catawba County, Clement is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Clement was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, March 1) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 2) in Iredell County. Clement will appear in District Court on the Catawba County charges on April 6.

Four occupants of a vehicle stopped by police in Morganton were charged with various offenses.

According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, March 1), last Thursday (February 25) a Morganton Department of Public Safety Officer stopped a Jeep Liberty for driving left of center and suspicion of impaired driving. During her initial approach she observed seven occupants inside the vehicle. As she was speaking with the occupants she noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view.

The Officer called for assistance and other officers responded to the scene. Due to the observation of drug paraphernalia a K9 search was initiated which indicated the presence of additional narcotics in the vehicle.

21-year-old Vance Hinson was arrested on six
outstanding warrants, three for Failure to Appear, and three Probation Violations. Hinson was jailed under $34,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court next Tuesday, March 8.

21-year-old Roderick Caldwell was charged with possession of crack cocaine. Caldwell was jailed under $5,000 bond, he was scheduled to make his first court appearance last Friday (February 26),  his next appearance is scheduled for District Court on March 16.  

28-year-old Gregory Shell was charged with simple possession of marijuana as well as possession of drug paraphernalia on a citation, and the driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Christina Perkins was issued a citation for driving left of center.

A man being sought by authorities in Caldwell County has been apprehended. The suspect's information and photo were posted on the Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers Facebook page. WHKY reported on the search for the man last week.

35-year-old Dustin Joseph Lugo of Celebrity Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Lugo is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen vehicle, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. Lugo's first appearance in District Court was Monday. He has another District Court date scheduled for May 3.   

If you have any information regarding any crimes that have occurred in Caldwell County, you can contact Crime Stoppers any time. When reporting a tip to Lenoir-Caldwell County Crime Stoppers You do not have to reveal your name. Crime Stoppers is a community program operated by citizens of Caldwell County which involves the public assisting law enforcement.

39-year-old Jonathan Pinkney Munday of South Olivers Crossroads in Maiden was arrested Monday (February 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, breaking and entering, two counts of possession of burglary tools, and injury to personal property. Munday was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, March 1).

At the request of the City of Morganton, the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an inquiry into allegations of financial improprieties or other criminal wrongdoing by one or more City employees. According to a news release issued Monday (February 29) by the City of Morganton, the SBI has reported to the City and to the District Attorney that it found no credible evidence of any wrongdoing. As a result, the SBI and the District Attorney have closed this investigation.

The City Council and management are aware of rumors and speculation in the community about this investigation. With the inquiry concluded, the City is now able and willing to address these matters.

The investigation was initiated after allegations made by City Council members that public funds had been misappropriated or public property misused by Recreation Department Director Gary Leonhardt or other Recreation Department employees. No credible evidence has been found of any crime, or of any wrongdoing by Mr. Leonhardt or other employees. The news release says the City is pleased that Gary and his staff have been cleared in this matter. The news release also says that City employees will soon join in celebrating with Gary his extraordinary 48 years of service with the City, as he begins his previously announced retirement.

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