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The Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for all Caldwell County water customers that were affected by the water line break near the town of Granite Falls.

All tests have come back normal and County water customers may resume normal use of their water. Around 150 Caldwell County water customers were affected by the water line break in Granite Falls on Wednesday (January 10).

46-year-old Brian Pechet Smith of Blacksnake Road in Stanley was arrested Thursday (January 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of identity theft fraud and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

On January 5, Travis Lambert reported that he lost his debit card at Midtown Sundries in Denver, NC a few weeks earlier and had recently discovered that someone had used the card to make purchases at several businesses in Denver and one business in Gastonia.

Detective Richard Calhoun investigated the case and arrested Smith, who was employed as a server at Midtown Sundries at the time of the incident. According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the suspect gave a full confession. Smith stated he found the debit card on the floor at the restaurant. The victim paid in cash which he pocketed and Smith used the card to pay the bill. He waited a few weeks before using it at the other locations.

Smith was released after posting a $9,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

39-year-old Damon Latario Huntley of McIntosh Road in Stanley was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers Thursday (January 11). He's charged with one felony count each of trafficking opium or heroin by possession and felony possession of cocaine. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Huntley's arrest came after detectives, with assistance from Charlie District patrol deputies, conducted a search at a residence near the 6500 block of McIntosh Road in Stanley. During the search, detectives seized a trafficking amount of opioid based pills (hydrocodone), powder and crack cocaine, marijuana, a handgun, over $700 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. The search came as a result of an ongoing investigation into the possession, distribution, and sale of various drugs from the residence.

Huntley was jailed under a $65,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests may be forthcoming. Anyone with information concerning illegal drug activity is urged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous.

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:56

Meth Charges Filed Against Lenoir Man

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50-year-old Timothy Dayton Spears of Ray Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. Spears is also charged as an habitual felon. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 5.

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:45

Lenoir Woman Charged With 36 Felony Counts

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31-year-old Melinda Gail South of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with 18 felony counts apiece of identity fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. South was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (January 16).

Friday, 12 January 2018 05:28

Search Of Home Results In Arrest Of Two Suspects

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35-year-old Travis Ross Hedrick and 27-year-old Lauren Francis Hedrick, both of the same Log Cabin Road, Statesville address, were arrested Wednesday (January 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Travis Hedrick is charged with felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of schedule III controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Lauren Hedrick is charged with failure to appear.

On Wednesday, Deputy Kris Robbins with the Warrant Squad went to 217 Log Cabin Road, in eastern Iredell County, and attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a female who lives there. Deputy Robbins walked to the front door of the home, while doing so he observed two individuals at the other end of the residence. Deputy Robbins noticed a very strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the home.

Robbins knocked on the front door and a man answered the door, the odor of marijuana became even stronger once the door was opened. The man was identified as Travis Ross Hedrick. When asked if Lauren Hedrick was in the home, Travis became extremely nervous and asked Deputy Robbins to come in.

When asked about the marijuana order, Hedrick admitted he had just smoked marijuana and took Deputy Robbins to a room inside the home where Hedrick showed the deputy a large amount of marijuana. Deputy Robbins called for assistance with searching the home and members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team joined him in searching the residence.

In all, 5.5 ounces of marijuana, 6.8 ounces of marijuana “Wax’, 50 milliliters of THC Liquid and four Subutex pills, and numerous pipes and other smoking paraphernalia were located in the residence. All of the evidence was seized and taken to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office where it was placed into evidence.

Travis Hedrick was given a $1000 secured bond, he has District Court dates February 1 and March 19. Lauren Hedrick's bond was set at $500 unsecured, she has a District Court appearance scheduled for February 9.

A Denver, NC man who was charged with assaulting his girlfriend with a knife has been apprehended in Greenville, South Carolina. 30-year-old Wade Wallace Doering II of Optimist Club Road is charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and first degree kidnapping.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Frank Runyon traveled to Greenville, SC Thursday (January 11) to interview the suspect and determine if he will return voluntarily or go through the extradition process.  Wade Wallace Doering was arrested by Greenville Sheriff’s Office deputies in a hotel room Thursday. Officers recovered the weapon used in the stabbing incident in Lincoln County. He is charged in South Carolina as a fugitive from justice.

On Tuesday (January 9) the victim, a 25-year-old resident of Optimist Club Road in Denver, was taken to the Sherrill’s Ford Fire Department in Catawba County seeking help for stab wounds in her foot and shoulder. Catawba County officials contacted Lincoln County authorities and told them the victim was being transported by ambulance to CHS-Lincoln.

The victim told Catawba County officers that her boyfriend, Wade Wallace Doering II, was the one who stabbed her.  Lincoln County deputies and detectives went to the residence in the 8100 block of Optimist Club Road where the incident occurred to locate Doering but he had already left the scene.

Detectives learned the suspect was picked up by an unknown male in a red pickup truck and they believe Doering was transported to Spartanburg, South Carolina. Doering was listed as an inmate in Greenville as of earlier today (January 12). No court date was listed in Lincoln County for the suspect.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:53

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

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34-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of 32nd Street Lane N.E. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (January 10) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.  

On December 9, 2017, Hickory Police responded to a residence on 48th Avenue Lane N.E. in reference to a subject with a gun.  The subject, Clarence Martin Hayes III, left the property before Officers arrived.  Hayes is a convicted felon.  On January 2, a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Hayes was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  He was later released under a $7,500 unsecured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:45

Taylorsville Man Faces Felony Child Abuse Charge

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35-year-old Teddy Lee Bentley of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony child abuse inflicting severe physical injury.

Yesterday (January 10), Alexander County Investigators took a report from the Alexander Co. Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse involving a 13-month-old victim. The incident reportedly occurred the previous day.

The child was seen at the Davis Regional Medical Center’s Carolina Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine unit in Statesville and was then taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and D.S.S. responded to Brenner where they were able to meet with the victim and the victim’s family. The child was treated and released.

The investigation led to Bentley’s arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Bentley will make a first appearance in District Court on Monday, January 22.

36-year-old Jerry Markei Ramseur of Mosteller Estate Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 10) following an attempted vehicle stop.  Officers initiated the stop at the intersection of 4th Street S.E. and 8th Avenue S.E. in an attempt to apprehend a potential wanted person in the vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Journey.

During the initial stop, a Hickory Police vehicle was struck and the suspect vehicle fled.  Officers followed the vehicle, and the suspect was arrested at the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and 10th Avenue S.E.  At least eight H.P.D. vehicles were on the scene as Ramseur was taken into custody.  7.8 grams of marijuana were found at the time of his arrest.

Ramseur was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $15,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two aggravating factors, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage, injury to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.

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