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Monday, 23 January 2017 10:56

Conover Woman Arrested on Felony Larceny Warrant

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40-year-old Melissa Ann Bigas of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just after five o’clock Saturday afternoon (January 21) on four felony counts of larceny. The warrants for her arrest were issued on January 16.

She was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Bigas was released under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.

No further details are available.

The 39th session of the Hickory Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) begins Thursday, March 30. Sessions are held at the department each Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., concluding on June 1, with a graduation from the academy.

Those who take part in the Police Academy will learn more about law enforcement, including patrol techniques, community policing, criminal investigation and firearms.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact HPD or submit an application no later than March 15th. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

36-year-old Brian Lee Maynor of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (January 21) on one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, as well as four felony warrants for probation violations.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory, where Brian Maynor allegedly tried to check in using a false I.D. Officers arrived and stopped a 2003 Nissan Altima in which Maynor was a passenger. Three other subjects were in the vehicle.

Maynor initially gave Police a false I.D. When he was correctly identified, Police found the outstanding warrants for his arrest. The other subjects were not charged or cited.

Maynor was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $61,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 23) in Newton.

28-year-old Joseph Michael Emerson was arrested Saturday (January 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony uttering counterfeit coin. Following the arrest, Emerson was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23) in Morganton. 

22-year-old Matthew Alan Honsaker was arrested Saturday (January 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Honsaker was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).

An armed robbery in Granite Falls is under investigation. On Thursday (January 19), at approximately 7:40 p.m., Granite Falls Police responded to an armed robbery at the Market Basket convenience store at 91 South Main Street. Officers arrived at the scene and found the clerk, 56-year-old Gary Atkins, locked in a bathroom and uninjured. Officers obtained a description of the female robber and immediately alerted area law enforcement agencies.

Atkins told police that he was approached by a female suspect outside the front door with a gun. The woman, whose face was covered, led him in the store and to a restroom in the back of the store. The robber locked Mr. Atkins inside the restroom. Mr. Atkins immediately used his cell phone to call 911.

Mr. Atkins described the woman as tall, slim with light colored hair. She was possibly driving a dark colored Chrysler PT Cruiser. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Clint Ferguson with the Granite Falls Police Department at (828) 396-3358 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at (828) 758-8300. Callers may remain anonymous.

39-year-old Andrew James Major of Magnum Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 22) in Caldwell County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, resisting a public officer, and failure to appear. Major was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $87,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.

For the first time in close to two decades, there will be a Citizens Police Academy in Morganton. According to a news release on the City of Morganton's website, the Citizen Police Academy is a 13-week program. It's for people interested in learning more about what City of Morganton police and fire personnel do on a daily basis.

The Morganton Department of Public Safety accepted applications from the community and they chose 20 people. The news release says the people range in ages from approximately 20 to 70 years old. The news release also says that the program has not been offered in almost 20 years.

The goal of the academy is to open lines of communication between the residents and the Public Safety Department so that participants are better-informed about what the police profession entails.

Participants will learn about muliple aspects of what officers do. They'll go on a department tour and will also learn about criminal investigations. Participants will also learn about crime scene processing and have the opportunity to do a ride along with a public safety officer.

When the 20 participants have completed the academy, they will graduate in April. According to the news release, the department is planning on offering the academy once a year. For more information about the academy, call 828-432-2696, or email at kbowman@morgantonps.org.

29-year-old Chassidy April Hinton of Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony probation violation, and single counts of felony credit card theft and misdemeanor assault on a government official. Hinton was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $120,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for February 28, a Superior Court appearance is set for March 6.

Monday, 23 January 2017 05:59

Caldwell County Man Charged With Selling Meth

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27-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with the sale of methamphetamine. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, January 23).

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