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53-year-old Mark Anthony Fountain of Hickory, was given an active prison term of six to eight years after pleading guilty to six counts of habitual larceny and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court last Friday (February 10).

The Honorable Lori Hamilton, Superior Court Judge from Davie County, imposed Fountain’s active prison term, which will be served in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections at the conclusion of the 18- to 31-month sentence he is currently serving from a May 2016 conviction in Catawba County.

Fountain took various items from two Hickory stores on six occasions between the dates of October 23 and December 16, 2015, accounting for the larceny charges. He previously had been convicted of four or more prior misdemeanor larceny charges, all in Catawba County, on July 22, 1998, March 11, 2004, April 4, 2005, and February 17, 2012.

The defendant’s sentence was enhanced by his admission to habitual felon status from prior felony convictions for breaking/entering in Rockingham County (May, 12, 1982), abduction and robbery by force in Henry County, Va. (August 21, 1984), and possession of cocaine in Pulaski County, Virginia (June 13, 2001).

The cases were investigated by Bradley Lowman and Shanna Hudson of Hickory Police Department. Scott Lippert handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

In Burke Co. Superior Court today (February 13), 41-year-old Jeremy Ozais Carswell of George Hildebrand School Road in Connelly Springs pleaded guilty to felony larceny and failure to appear on a class B felony. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. Carswell, who (according to his attorney, suffers from mental health issues), was sentenced to 58-to-82 months in jail.

Carswell was convicted in connection to the December 2014 theft of a four-wheeler from a home on Buzz Lowman Street. In January 2015, witnesses photographed Carswell driving the stolen ATV on Jacob’s Fork River Road in Catawba County. Officers found the ATV in the area and arrested Carswell two days later after he was identified from photos posted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and shared by various media outlets.

A minimum sentence of more than 18 years was imposed in a Burke County rape case.

33-year-old Jerry Matthew Anjerok from the Marshall Islands entered a guilty plea to sex offenses today (Monday, February 13) in Burke County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to first degree rape and first degree statutory rape. He received a sentence of 221 to 236 months, or 18 years, five months to 19 years, eight months, in prison. He will also be subject to satellite-based monitoring for 30 years after his release.

Anjerok was charged with sexually abusing two family members under the age of ten.

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:07

Bomb Threat Suspect Pleads Guilty (Updated)

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27-year-old Cody Matthew Startt of Matoaka, West Virginia pleaded guilty this morning (Monday, February 13) in Burke County Superior Court to 251 counts of making false bomb threats and 253 counts of terrorism. Startt was sentenced to 11 to 21 years in prison on the charges filed in Burke County.

The incidents happened from May through July of last year. The suspect used apps on his phone and police scanners to make calls to hundreds of businesses. F.B.I. and local law enforcement agencies helped trace the calls back to Startt.

Startt remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with total bond set at $1,238,000, secured. He's still scheduled to appear in court to answer to the bomb threat charges in Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:01

Hickory Man Jailed for Felony Probation Violation

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50-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (February 12) for a felony probation violation. Dillard is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a February 2016 conviction in Catawba County for felony speeding to elude arrest.

Dillard was taken into custody without incident at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a residence on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for February 16 in Newton.

Monday, 13 February 2017 10:55

Drug Charge Filed Against Statesville Man

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43-year-old Jeffrey Keith Obrien of Ken Lane in Statesville was arrested Friday (February 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule III controlled substance.

On Friday officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Concord Presbyterian Church. An Officer learned that the vehicle was occupied by Jeffrey Keith Obrien. While speaking with Obrien, the Officer noticed that he seemed extremely nervous. After further investigation a search of Obrien was conducted.


Obrien was found to be in possession of illegally obtained Oxycodone pills. He was charged and released at the scene. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 6.

41-year-old Kimberly Inez Scott was arrested Sunday (February 12) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of breaking or entering buildings and larceny after breaking and entering. Scott was arrested Sunday evening at an address on Mcalister Road in Lincolnton. She was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 13).

Monday, 13 February 2017 07:09

Hickory Fire Department Responds To Weekend Fires

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On Saturday night (February 11) at 11:25, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire alarm at Kenworth Hall located at 426 2nd Ave SE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.  

The first crew arrived to find heavy smoke on the second floor of the apartment complex. Firefighters also found the sprinkler system had activated and extinguished the fire in the kitchen.  Firefighters worked to remove the smoke from the building and minimize the water damage. One apartment was damaged by the fire and two apartments sustained water damage, the Red Cross responded to assist the tenants. There were no injuries.     

At 2:47 p.m. Sunday (February 12), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to  2130 14th Ave Drive NE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.  

Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in the utility room which was located on the carport. They were able to quickly attack the fire and reported it extinguished at 2:57 p.m.  

No fire injuries were reported and fire damages were confined to the utility room. Because the power had to be shut off to the home, the Red Cross responded to the scene and will be helping the occupants. The fire was accidental and was started by the dryer.

Monday, 13 February 2017 06:46

Most Wanted Suspect Arrested In Burke County

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27-year-old David Loransa Young II of South Fork Avenue in Hickory was arrested Friday (February 10) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Prior to his arrest, Young was among the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 13).

73-year-old Alan Harvey Valencia was arrested Saturday (February 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Valencia also faces counts of failure to appear and driving during revocation. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $36,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 13).

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