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26-year-old Shawn Kevin Fitzgerald of Fish Hatchery Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:10 yesterday afternoon (January 26) on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Officers responded to Toys-R-Us on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  The reporting party told Police a white male was shoplifting in the store.  Officers arrived and saw the man getting into the passenger side of a vehicle in the store’s parking lot.

Officers approached the man, who was identified as Shawn Kevin Fitzgerald.  On his person, they found two sets each of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and Pokemon cards with a combined value of $150.

Fitzgerald had four previous misdemeanor convictions, resulting in the habitual larceny charge.  He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

46-year-old James David Nichols of Fuzzy Drive in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last night (January 26) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Nichols was wanted in Sullivan County, Tennessee for felony aggravated stalking and 11 counts of violating a protection order.  The warrant was issued by the Bristol Police Department.  The offenses occurred between November 29, 2016 and January 21 of this year.

Nichols is accused of texting the female victim on multiple occasions and sending her a Christmas package containing clothing, letters, cards and a life insurance policy naming the victim as a beneficiary.  On January 20, he allegedly spoke to the victim’s former neighbor in an attempt to learn the victim’s current address.  He is also accused of contacting the victim’s workplace, attempting to learn her work schedule, and he contacted the victim’s oldest daughter’s workplace.

On January 21, Nichols sent a threatening email to the victim’s ex-husband.  On the same date, he went to the victim’s ex-husband’s residence in Bristol, Virginia, armed with a gun.  He left before Officers arrived.

Nichols was taken into custody without incident last night at Frye Regional Medical Center’s South Campus.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

39-year-old Michael Wayne Hennessee was arrested today (Friday, January 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Hennessee was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (January 30).

Friday, 27 January 2017 11:00

Hamptonville Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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46-year-old Tracy Levi Tulbert of York Spann Road in Hamptonville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursors.

Yesterday (January 26), Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, along Probation & Parole Officers, conducted a search of a suspected meth lab site.  The search came about after Investigators received information about a possible meth lab in northern part of Iredell County, near the Houstonville Road area.  

Tracy Levi Tulbert was identified as a possible suspect.  Investigators learned that Tulbert is currently on probation following a conviction for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance.  When Officers arrived at Tulbert’s home, they found items consistent with the manufacture and use of meth.

Tulbert was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

Tulbert has a criminal history that includes convictions for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance, assault, possession of marijuana, multiple DWIs, driving with a revoked license and hit & run.

Friday, 27 January 2017 05:53

Newton Woman Indicted On Break-in Related Charges

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22-year-old Samantha Jean Taylor of Little Road in Newton was arrested today (Friday, January 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with felony possession of stolen goods or property, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Taylor was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (January 30).

29-year-old Laura Leigh Card was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Card was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for March 6.

Friday, 27 January 2017 05:31

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest In Morganton

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31-year-old Raydene Little Jr. of Oak Forest Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Little was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, possess or consume alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, and failure to maintain lane control.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday a Morganton Department of Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on a grey Nissan Altima for suspicion of Driving While Impaired. The driver was Raydene Little Jr. Morganton Public Safety K9 Officer Shrek was used for a search of the suspect vehicle.

The K9 alerted officers to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Further search revealed 35.8 grams of meth, a set of digital scales, and $1,674 in cash. The drugs, paraphernalia, and cash were seized. The Burke County Narcotics Task Force assisted with the investigation.

Little was locked up in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $150,500 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court on Monday (January 30).

28-year-old Dean Donnell Wray of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony sex offender using a social website. Wray was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. 

Friday, 27 January 2017 05:17

Forgery Charges Filed Against Caldwell County Man

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33-year-old Jamey Dwight Coffey of Prospect Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Coffey was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (January 30).

20-year-old Richard Tyler Mckinney of Morningside Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of speeding to elude arrest, along with single counts of injury to personal property and failure to appear. Mckinney was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (January 30).

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