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34-year-old Andrew Ray Jonas of Taylorsville was sentenced to serve an active prison term of 10 to 13 years during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (May 19).

Jonas pleaded guilty to breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of motor vehicle, felony hit and run, and admitted his status as a habitual felon. He was sentenced to serve his prison term by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.

The defendant also had prior felony convictions in Catawba County (July 2000) and Alexander County (May 2001 and April 2012) that led to his habitual felon status and enhanced the sentence imposed by Judge Kuehnert.

All the offenses took place on April 16, 2014. On that date, Jonas broke a window to gain access into Faith Baptist Church, damaging property and taking cash and a bank bag from the house of worship. Those items later were found in his possession in a stolen vehicle Jonas took from an apartment complex in Hickory.

That stolen vehicle was recovered later that day in Jonas’ possession by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at the scene of a collision on Snow Creek Road. He left the scene of the crash on foot but was located and apprehended by deputies from Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the vehicle struck by Jonas received serious injuries.

Richard Frank of Hickory Police Department investigated the breaking/entering and larceny cases. The hit and run was investigated by Trooper M.G. Adams of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Friday, 20 May 2016 05:25

Man Wanted On Sex Offense Charge Arrested

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A suspect being sought by authorities in Caldwell County on a sex offense charge has been apprehended. 43-year-old Jody Quint Greene of Blackberry Road in Lenoir has been arrested.

As WHKY previously reported, on April 29, Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers issued a news release that said authorities were seeking Greene, who was wanted on a count of taking indecent liberties with a child. At the time, the news release did not indicate where Greene may be staying.

Greene was arrested by detectives with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Mountain City, TN. On Thursday (May 19) the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office charged Greene on a bill of indictment with indecent liberties with a child. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.

If you have any information on any suspects being sought in Caldwell County, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You do not have to reveal your name and you could receive a cash reward if an arrest is made.

Friday, 20 May 2016 05:14

Maiden Plant Closing, Eliminating 160 Jobs

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Delta Apparel said Thursday it will cut 160 jobs and close a textile manufacturing facility in Maiden as part of a new cost-cutting initiative. According to Marketwatch.com, the apparel design and marketing company said it will transition production from the Maiden facility to its facility in Honduras. The company will invest $7 million to expand its overseas operations.

The company, which makes t-shirts, is expected to shut down on July 1. In June, 2014 the company lost 70 jobs to a factory in Honduras.

14-year-old Benjamin Lee Mack, II has been found and is back home with his parent. The teen’s mother contacted Sheriff’s Deputies last night (May 18) and reported that he had returned home. A Deputy went to the residence and found the teen to be in good condition.

Benjamin Mack was reported missing Monday (May 16) by his mother. He had last been seen the previous day, as reported Monday on WHKY.

The Newton Fire Department was recognized recently by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshall for excellent response to fires and emergencies.

The new rating is the result of an inspection conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. The inspection is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System. Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities, and availability of a water source.

The rating system ranges from one, which is the highest, to 10, which means the department is not recognized as a certified fire department by the state. Newton’s rating this year was three, a one-point improvement over last year’s score. While ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a rating closer to one suggests that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.

State law requires Office of State Fire Marshal officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or fewer, which includes all but six of North Carolina’s fire districts.

29-year-old Matthew Howard Roark was arrested Wednesday (May 18) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Roark is also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed gun. Roark was jailed in Morganton under $32,000 secured bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for June 13 and July 18.

67-year-old Freddie Lee Moses of 8th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested today (Thursday, May 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Moses was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, May 20).

Thursday, 19 May 2016 12:24

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Drug Warrant

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19-year-old Jose Andre Callejas of 16th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. yesterday (May 18) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police responded to a suspicious subject at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. The man was suspected of possibly attempting to break into vehicles in the parking lot.

Police approached the man, who initially gave them a false name. He was later identified as Jose Callejas. Officers then found the outstanding warrant for his arrest on the drug charge, which was issued on March 15.

He was not charged in connection to any vehicle break-ins.

Callejas was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date was set for tomorrow in Newton.

32-year-old Christopher Stephen Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night on one felony count of obtaining signatures by false pretense. He was also charged with communicating threats and simple assault & battery on misdemeanor warrants dated May 6.

Williams was taken into custody without incident at the Fast-N-Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 8 in Newton.

No further details are available.

22-year-old David Lynn Henson Jr. of Turner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (May 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Henson was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, May 19).