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37-year-old James Kelly Lynch of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 Friday night (September 1) for failure to appear on one felony count each for the sale of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin.  The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 14.

Lynch was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on October 2 in Newton.

41-year-old Yeng Ly of Stockton, California, was arrested today (September 5) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and injury to personal property. Ly was jailed in the Catawba County Detentino Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 6).

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 13:00

Drug, Weapon Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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30-year-old Bobby Lashannon Cook of 10th Street SW in Hickory was arrested late Monday night (September 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked.

Cook was arrested shortly before midnight on the 100 Block of 1st Avenue NE in Hickory. 6.8 grams of cocaine and 43.7 grams of marijuana were seized during the arrest. Following the arrest, Cook was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 5) in Newton.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:51

Burke County Shooting Suspect Remains At Large

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55-year-old Paul Alan Hyler of Deer Creek Drive in Connelly Springs is wanted by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office in connection to a shooting yesterday (September 4) on Deer Creek Drive.

At about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to Deer Creek Drive, off of Baptist Camp Road.  Deputies arrived on a dead end road surrounded by woods in the South Mountains area.  There, they found 43-year-old Andrew Jackson suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  He was in serious condition.  Deputies transported Mr. Jackson to awaiting emergency medical services unit, which airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  The Sheriff’s Office says information regarding the victim's medical condition will be updated later.  

A preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Jackson was shot in a domestic dispute by an acquaintance, Paul Alan Hyler.  Hyler was living in a camper trailer.  Deputies secured the area and called in the Burke County SWAT team.  The SWAT team deployed chemical agents and entered the trailer, but Hyler was not inside.

Detectives secured a search warrant and began their crime scene investigation.  A warrant for Hyler’s arrest was issued on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

During the incident, SWAT and other Deputies had to pull back from the trailer on two occasions to investigate the sighting of a subject on a power line overlooking the trailer.  Officers learned that the person was a local resident with an AR-15 assault rifle who was observing the scene from a distance.

Hyler has not yet been arrested.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Paul Alan Hyler should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.  Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

24-year-old Donovon Tyrell Lortz of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 2 p.m. Friday (September 1) for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance.  He was also arrested on a long list of outstanding warrants.  Lortz was wanted on an order for arrest for possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, plus grand jury indictments on three felony counts each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.  He was also wanted on orders for arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.  In addition, Lortz faces charges for D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.

Some of the charges date back to July of 2016 when Officers saw Lortz, who was wanted on outstanding warrants at that time, in the area of the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on the 800 block of 1st Street S.E.  A handgun was found during that July 2016 arrest.  He was arrested Friday when Hickory Police responded to reports of a person with outstanding warrants at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.  Lortz was located and taken into custody without incident.  0.8 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) were found at that time.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $306,000 secured bond.  District Court dates were set for today (September 5) and September 14, with Superior Court dates on October 2 and November 6, all in Newton.

24-year-old Felipe Campos was arrested today (September 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Campos was arrested at an address on South Sterling Street near Gant Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $5,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 6).

57-year-old Randy Lee Rinck, Sr. of Keener Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.  He was also charged with driving while license revoked.

At about 8:45 Saturday evening (September 2), Lincolnton Police responded to a reported vehicle theft on Bonview Avenue in Lincolnton.  The victim said she saw Randy Lee Rinck, Sr. steal her vehicle.  The Officer relayed vehicle and suspect descriptions and a possible direction of travel to other Lincolnton Police units.

Within minutes of the theft, Officers spotted Rinck and the stolen vehicle at a residence on Keener Road.  The vehicle was returned to the owner with no damage.  Rinck was taken into custody without incident.

Rinck was taken in front of a Lincoln County Magistrate and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $7,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (September 5).

Rinck has prior convictions for D.W.I., driving while license revoked, possession of marijuana, communicating threats, possession of drug paraphernalia, fishing without a license, reckless driving and other traffic-related offenses.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 05:49

Drug Charges Filed Against Lincolnton Residents

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31-year-old Nickolas Shawn Wright and 23-year-old Jerri Lynn Sigmon, both of the same Dale Avenue, Lincolnton address, were both arrested Sunday (September 3) by Lincolnton Police Officers. They're each charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance. They're also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Early Sunday morning (September 3), Lincolnton Police Department patrol officers executed a search warrant at  2057 Dale Avenue in Lincolnton. During the search, officers found powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana.  Additionally, officers located several items of drug paraphernalia. More than nine grams of cocaine was seized in addition to a small amount of marijuana.  

Both suspects were placed in jail under $17,000 secured bond. They were each scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 5).

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 05:25

Wanted Suspects Sought In Burke County

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Several new names were added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list in July and August.

24-year-old Treyvon Thomas Goode is wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted on a charge of probation violation for possession of firearms by a felon. Goode's last known address was 6316 Benfield Landing in Morganton. He was placed on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list on August 18.  

45-year-old Eric Sherard Jones was added to the most wanted list last month. He's wanted on a charge of probation violation for sex offender violation. The last address for Jones is unknown. Jones was also added to the list on August 18.

39-year-old Forrest Henry Mask Jr. is also being sought by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted for felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. The last known address for Mask was 5060 Poplar Lane in Granite Falls. Mask was added to the list on July 21.

You can see the entire Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list at the Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call 828-438-5500, e-mail information to admin@burkesheriff.org, or you can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers. Their phone number is 828-437-3333.

32-year-old Nathan Bradley Gibson of G G Drive in Marion was arrested Saturday (September 2) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Gibson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was set for today (September 5).

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