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39-year-old Sue Ann Chambers of McCall Town Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.

Yesterday, Officers responded to a larceny call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. where a suspect pushed a cart full of items past the last point of sale and exited the store.  Chambers was identified and taken into custody without incident at the store.

She was processed and released under an $18,000 unsecured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for June 26 in Newton.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:37

Newton Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charge; More

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38-year-old Horace Lamar Morton of Campbell Road in Newton was arrested at about 11:15 last night (June 20) by Hickory Police on one count each of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  He was also charged with six counts of failure to appear for shoplifting and vehicular offenses.

Morton was taken into custody without incident at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry on 1st Avenue S.E.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $32,500 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled for June 26 in Newton.  Additional court dates were set for June 27 and August 9.

More information has been released on a case first reported this morning (June 21) on whky.com and WHKY Radio.

34-year-old Rey David Blanco-Palmar of Kanewood Trail in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (June 20) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, three felony counts of first degree sexual offense with a child under 13 years old, one count of felony attempted first degree sex offense and one felony count of second degree kidnapping.

On June 6 Detective Kelsey Harrington received a report from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services regarding the sexual assault of two children. The victims, who are related to the offender, disclosed details of the incidents during interviews with the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center. The incidents occurred between October of 2009 and August of 2014. The children, a male and female, were ages five and 11 when the incidents started.

Blanco-Palmar was arrested following an interview at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office during which he reportedly admitted to the incidents. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court is scheduled for Friday (June 23).

19-year-old Christian Tashaun Holmes of Startown Road in Newton was arrested this morning (June 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of first degree burglary, along with single felony counts of larceny, larceny after breaking and entering, and second degree kidnapping.

Holmes was arrested without incident at an address on Highway 70 West in Conover just before 1:30 this morning. The Hickory Police Department report states that the Alexander County Sheriff's Office was notified that the suspect was apprehended and that the victims in the case would be notified of the arrest.

Holmes was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $549,500 secured bond. District Court dates are listed for the suspect for next Monday (June 26) and July 11.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 10:37

Vale Couple Faces Felony Marijuana Charges

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32-year-old Dustin Paige Reinhardt and 30-year-old Cassie Jade Hartsoe, both of Hallman Mill Road in Vale, were arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers yesterday (June 20).  They were each charged felony counts of manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

The couple was arrested for having a marijuana growing operation near the 3400 block of Hallman Mill Road.  Narcotics Detectives made the arrests following a tip they received through Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers.  

Detectives say the couple used an outbuilding behind their residence to grow marijuana.  They used fans, special lighting and a special enclosure to enhance growth.  Detectives dismantled and seized three plants and other items.  The marijuana plants were valued at up to $15,000, depending on how it was packaged and sold.

Following their arrests, Reinhardt and Hartsoe were each given a $50,000 secured bond.  First appearances in District Court were set for June 23.

45-year-old Frances Denise Carroll of Charles Street in Kings Mountain, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 Monday afternoon (June 19) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested after Officers responded to the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory.  Carroll allegedly obtained an item from the store and attempted to return it to customer service without having paid for the item.

Carroll was taken into custody without incident at Kohl’s.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured.  She has since been released.  Carroll will appear in District Court on June 26 in Newton.

37-year-old Melvin Franklin Mull of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 p.m. Monday on one count of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Mull was taken into custody without incident in a 2017 KIA Soul on South Center Street in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for July 11 in Newton.

Also in Catawba County, Mull has a Superior Court date on June 26 for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, plus a District Court appearance on July 17 for hit & run, filing a false report and fleeing to elude arrest.  In addition, he’ll appear in a Burke County courtroom on July 12 for assault on a female, making harassing phone calls and stalking.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:40

Weapons Charges Filed Against Taylorsville Man

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37-year-old Jon Clayton Willett of Barrett Ridge Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possess, sell, or buy an altered gun serial number. Willett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 26).

The North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a warning to state residents about a new online scam which uses a tobacco settlement in an attempt to bilk citizens out of their money.

Almost 20 years ago, the major tobacco companies agreed to a “Master Settlement” with state and local governments. The agreement, which has pumped billions of dollars into anti-smoking campaigns and other efforts to improve health, has also helped recover the cost of treating tobacco-related diseases. Now, crooks are trying to lure potential victims by claiming that they can receive some of that settlement money.

In this online scam, the flim-flam artists say that consumers can receive ongoing tax-free monthly payments of $2,300. The money is allegedly generated by tobacco revenue bonds. The fine print reveals that in order to learn how to get the money, a subscription to a newsletter must be purchased. The cost for this subscription can be anywhere from $5 to $129 for the first month, and the online form includes a place to enter a credit card number. But once they’ve signed up, consumers may find it difficult to cancel their subscription or get a refund.

Under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, funding goes to 46 States, 5 territories and the District of Columbia. The agreement contains no provisions for money to go to individuals. If you encounter this or any other scam, you can report it to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein’s Consumer Protection Division online or by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

During their meeting last night (Tuesday, June 20), Hickory City Council approved a policy that would allow permitted mobile food vendors to operate in certain City of Hickory parks and some downtown parking lots. According to a news release from the city, in an effort to craft a broad food truck policy, City Staff reviewed the policies of other cities, held four stakeholder meetings to receive feedback, and also created an online survey, which yielded 764 responses. While there were some concerns, the public feedback was overwhelmingly in favor of food trucks on public property with the least amount of restrictions possible.  

Both pushcarts and motorized vehicle food units will be allowed in designated parking lots in the downtown vicinity, which is the only area where public parking lots exist in the city limits. A map will be posted on the City’s website, which details the parking lot locations, as well as the maximum number of vendors allowed in each lot.  

Both pushcarts and motorized vehicle food units will also be allowed to operate at Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park, Henry Fork River Regional Park, Kiwanis Park, Neill W. Clark, Jr. Park, Stanford Park, and Taft Broome Park, with a limit of two vendors per park. Allocation of both the parking lots and park locations for vendors is on a first come basis.

Vendors are required to complete an annual permit application to the City’s Planning and Development Services Department for review, as well as submit a $25 fee, proof of insurance, and complete a background check.  The vendors will also be expected to comply with all applicable laws, including public health regulations. The City does not regulate food trucks on private property and arrangements may be made between property owners and food truck vendors.

Interested mobile food vendors who wish to operate on public property can contact the city’s permit center at (828) 323-7410 for policy details and to receive an application.

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