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The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has issued a news release stating that it’s been almost two years since Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green on her Facebook page, was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County. She got into a black four door sedan with a white female driver on May 26, 2014 and has not been seen since.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have interviewed family members and a number of people she was known to associate with but no one has seen the missing woman. In the months since Toasha has gone missing officers used a K-9 search team in a large wooded area off Sorrells Baxter Road and Eaker Road in western Lincoln County, around the old Massapoag Mill in Lincolnton and several other locations outside Lincoln County.  

Detectives have followed up on all leads received in the case but nothing in the lengthy search has led them to Toasha Rice. Toasha, who also goes by Nikki Green on her Facebook page, is a white female and was 27-years-old when she disappeared. She is five feet-six inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Anyone with information about the missing woman is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Detectives will follow up all leads.

61-year-old Everette Bryson Chester of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (May 21) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Chester is wanted in Richland County, South Carolina for a probation violation.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.

The Run For The Wall (RFTW) motorcycle entourage will be passing through Hickory on Wednesday (May 25) between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  

A volunteer group of school children and adults with home made signs will be at Exit 121 of I-40. They include “Welcome Home” signs among others. The Hickory Fire Department will have a huge American Flag on display on the Center Street overpass of I-40.

The Run For The Wall is to keep the issues of POWs, MIAs and KIAs before the American Public. The run concludes in Washington, DC at the Vietnam War Memorial. More details on the RFTW can be obtained at RFTW.org. The Midway Route is the group that is coming through Hickory. There will be approximately 200 plus motorcycles in this group.

28-year-old Brandon Owen Townsend, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon (May 23) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and two felony probation violations.

Few details are available. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.

He was taken into custody at a self-storage facility on 18th Street N.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 1, which also includes misdemeanor charges for larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.

36-year-old James William Greene of Arlington Circle NW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Greene was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.

29-year-old Miguel Christopher Sanchez of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on March 29 of this year when Police responded to a disturbance at Sanchez’s residence. Officers found Sanchez at the scene and asked him if he had any weapons. Sanchez said there was a knife in his pocket. When Police reached to retrieve the knife, they also found a meth pipe.

Sanchez was initially placed under arrest at that time. A subsequent search turned up 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, four Alprazolam pills and 14 Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pills (which is typically used to treat opioid addiction).

Sanchez was again taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 this morning (May 24) at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on 2nd Street N.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

29-year-old Kasey Lea Owensby was arrested Monday (May 23) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Owensby was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 24).

26-year-old Jeremy Wade Preston of Cedar Run Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and carrying a concealed weapon. Preston was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 24).

39-year-old Fredrick Lamont McCorkle of Caldwell Avenue in Statesville was arrested Saturday (May 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, felony flee to elude arrest, possession drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, possession of open container of alcohol, passing a double yellow line, and careless and reckless driving.

On Saturday, Iredell Sheriff's Deputies were traveling north on Charlotte Highway when they saw a vehicle pass another vehicle over a double yellow line in front of Shepard Elementary School. When Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, it sped off traveling north and throwing an item out of the sunroof.

Deputies continued the chase for a short distance where the vehicle pulled over at 1460 Charlotte Highway. According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, after the vehicle pulled over and the driver was detained, Deputies found crack cocaine in his front pocket along with a large amount of cash. Deputies also found an open container of alcohol and other items that were seized.

McCorkle was taken to the Magistrate’s office where he received a $12,000 dollar bond for his charges. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday (May 23).

A man who was being sought by authorities in Caldwell County on  a sex offense charge has been apprehended. On May 11, Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers issued a news release that stated they were looking for 42-year-old Hubert Williams III. The suspect was wanted on a charge of taking indecent liberties with a child.

On Monday (May 23), Williams, who lists an address of 9th Avenue NW in Hickory, was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers and charged with one felony count of indecent liberties with a child. Following the arrest, Williams was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,999 secured bond. He's scheduled to make a District Court appearance today (Tuesday, May 24) in Lenoir.

If you have any information on any suspects being sought in Caldwell County you can contact Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300. You may remain anonymous and if information you provide leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward. Suspects being sought are posted on the Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers Facebook page.  

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