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31-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener of 19th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 18) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and one felony count of selling marijuana. Whitener was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

40-year-old Franklin Jevon Lackey of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (June 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Lackey was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (June 21).

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.

48-year-old Craig Wilson is wanted for fail to register as a sex offender. His last known address was 439 Rinehardt Road in Mooresville.

38-year-old Misty Chilton is wanted on a felony custody order violation. Her last known address was 4132 Emily Drive in Hamptonville.

31-year-old Matthew Gray Ritchie is wanted on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and assault on a law enforcement officer. Ritchie's last known address was 2475 Shelton Avenue in Statesville.

You can see the entire list of Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.

On Friday (June 17) the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested a Lincolnton man after finding marijuana plants growing at his home.  

20-year-old Dilon Gregory Garcia of Nottingham Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

Working from a tip called into the Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line, detectives went to a residence in the 2400 block of Nottingham Road  where they found three marijuana plants growing on the property in front and in the back of the residence. Detectives interviewed the suspect and he admitted responsibility for the plants.  

Following his arrest, Garcia's bond was set at $15,000 secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, June 20).  Garcia is currently on probation and had an ankle monitor on during his arrest.

Citizens are urged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 to report any suspected drug activity. All drug tips are investigated.

A vehicle reportedly caught fire north of Taylorsville this morning (Friday, June 17). According to WBTV, two vehicles were involved in a crash on Jolly Cemetery Road at Daniels Lumber Road before 9 a.m. Alexander County officials have not said if anyone was hurt in the wreck.

36-year-old James Kelly Lynch, who is listed on police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested at about 7:45 last night on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Lynch was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with injury to personal property.

He was arrested after Police responded to a disturbance at the Goodwill store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Employees there reported that a man had become agitated after he was approached for concealing a variety of items from the store on his person, including video games, DVDs, a T-shirt and a wallet.

Police found the man, James Kelly Lynch, in the parking lot, where they also said he became agitated after they confronted him. The stolen items were found in a bag on Lynch’s person. A subsequent search turned up 39 Alprazolam pills and a bag containing 1.3 grams of meth.

Officers took Lynch into custody without further incident; however, as they transported him to the H.P.D. headquarters, his behavior became more erratic and he was taken to a local hospital.

Lynch was later jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

24-year-old Mikisha Geneva Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 a.m. yesterday (June 16) on one felony count of possession of cocaine, plus misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Police stopped a 2003 Jeep Liberty on the 100 block of 1st Avenue S.W. for a fictitious license tag. There were three occupants in the vehicle, including Robinson, who was the driver. The Jeep’s owner arrived on the scene and told Police Robinson was not authorized to drive the vehicle.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.9 grams of crack cocaine, one gram of marijuana and one 5-mg Hydrocodone pill. Robinson was taken into custody without incident. The other two subjects in the Jeep were not charged.

Robinson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Friday, 17 June 2016 10:36

Band's Bus Burns at Hollar Mill

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At 8:57 this morning (June 17), the Hickory Fire Department responded to a call regarding a band’s tour bus that was on fire at the Hollar Mill on Highland Avenue S.E. in Hickory. The band, Elephant Revival, is scheduled to play tonight at Hollar Mill. Two engines, one ladder truck and a rescue vehicle responded to the call.

The band members were safely evacuated, along with at least some of their equipment. No injuries were reported. The interior of the bus was heavily damaged, according to Fire Education Coordinator Terri Byers.

Byers also said the Red Cross would assist the victims. As of this morning, there was no word on the status of tonight’s scheduled performance.

A firefighter who served with the East Lincoln and Alexis Fire Departments died while working out on Thursday. According to published reports, 34-year-old Joshua Warren went out for a jog while on duty Thursday morning but never made it back to the fire station.

The published reports say that officials said Joshua Warren had just returned from a medical call when he took part in physical fitness training at East Lincoln Middle School. He was jogging around 11 a.m. when he collapsed. Medics rushed the firefighter to CHS-Lincoln Medical Center, where he later died.

Warren was reportedly working part-time for Alexis Fire Department at the time. He had been an active member of the East Lincoln Fire Department since 2013. In addition, he worked part-time as a firefighter for Alexis Fire Department.

He was a father of two children, an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.

55-year-old Tracy Alan Schmitz of Owens Mountain Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony solicit a minor by computer for sexual activity and appearing.

According to a news release issued Thursday (June 16) by the Lincolnton Police Department, the arrest took place as detectives located an ad posted by Schmitz on social media looking to meet a “younger” person to meet for sexual activity.  Detectives posed as an underage minor and responded to Schmitz’s posting. Upon exchanging information with Schmitz, detectives (posing as the minor) and Schmitz agreed to meet at a location in Lincolnton for the sexual activity. Schmitz arrived at the prearranged location and was subsequently arrested without any further incident.  

Schmitz was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday. His next District Court date is July 7.  

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