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Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:02

Two Boost Mobile Stores Robbed in Hickory

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Hickory Police are investigating two robberies at two different Boost Mobile stores in Hickory yesterday (February 15).

The first occurred at about 10:30 a.m. at the Boost Mobile store at 2501 Springs Road N.E., Hickory.  During the incident, a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk and demanded money.  The man implied that he was armed, but no weapon was displayed.  The suspect exited the business with an undisclosed sum of cash and one cell phone.  He left the scene in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as 18-to-20 years old.  He is a light-skinned, black male.  He’s about 6 feet tall with a thin build.  The suspect was wearing a black Nike baseball cap, a black sweater and baggy sweat pants.

The second robbery happened at about 7:30 p.m. at the Boost Mobile store on Highway 70 S.E., near C.V.C.C.  Two men entered the store and threatened and threatened the clerk, demanding money and phones.  Both men were armed with handguns.  They left the store with an undisclosed sum of cash, one cell phone and a wallet. It’s not clear if the suspects left on foot or in a vehicle.

One suspect was described as a black male.  He is between 5’7” and six feet tall.  He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black ski mask and black sneakers.  The other suspect is a black male.  He is between 6’2” and 6’7” tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds.  He was wearing loose gray sweatpants, black sneakers, a black sweatshirt and a black ski mask.

Police do not know if the two incidents are connected in any way.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding either robbery should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Jeff Pruett directly at 828-261-2617 or

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday, February 16) made an arrest in connection to the recent larceny of a concrete rooster. 32-year-old Andrew Emilious Justice of Taylorsville is charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor injury to real property, and reckless driving to endanger.

The felony larceny charge stemmed from the theft of the rooster. The injury to property charge was the result of damage done to All Healing Springs Road and Lambert Fork Road, where broken pieces of the rooster were located. The reckless driving occurred on Zeb Watts Road in Taylorsville.

The tractor that is believed to have been used in the larceny of the concrete rooster was located off of Zeb Watts Road. White paint was found on the forks of the tractor. The paint is believed to have come from the rooster when the larceny occurred. Only pieces of the rooster have been located.

Justice was transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center, where he was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in court is scheduled for next Monday (February 20).

Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:34

Man Reported Missing From Lincoln County Found Safe

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing Lincoln County man was located in the Cleveland County town of Waco. A report was filed on Wednesday (February 15) after a Cedar Ridge Lane, Vale, man had not been heard from since Monday (February 13).

Detective Dan Snellings said 20-year-old Dillon Andrew Walker left his residence around 10:00 p.m. on Monday enroute to his mother’s home on Dirty Ankle Road in Cleveland County but never arrived. He has returned home and is safe.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:21

Woman Arrested On Break-in Charge In Burke County

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58-year-old Malinda Hightower Hester was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Hester was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.

21-year-old Dalton Randolph Rhom was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Rhom was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.

Deputies responded to the area of West Iredell Circle in western Iredell County on Wednesday morning (February 15) in reference to a possible kidnapping. A citizen called 911 after they saw 4 to 5 people in a blue mini-van and a brown SUV taking the male juvenile by force at the house next door. The caller told Deputies that they witnessed the unknown people put some type of restraints on the juvenile and forced him into the van, then drove away toward Old Mountain Rd. The caller could hear the victim yelling at the people to let go of him.

Deputies and Detectives arrived at the residence and soon were able to make contact family members of the juvenile who lives in the home. Deputies learned that the juvenile should be at home and no one should be taking him anywhere. After further investigation, Deputies learned that the victim’s father, Rickey David Thomas Jr. from Massachusetts, had gone to West Iredell High School earlier in the day with four other people trying to locate the juvenile. Rickey Thomas and the other suspects were traveling in a blue mini-van and a brown SUV with out of state tags.

Detectives were able to obtain the tag number from security footage and found it to be a license plate issued from Maine. A short time later the vehicle and four suspects were located by Virginia State Police. The juvenile was also located and is currently in the custody of Virginia Department of Social Services.

Interviews were conducted with the suspects and it was determined that  the juvenile’s father, Rickey David Thomas, had hired a transport company to forcefully take his son away from family members in Iredell and take him back to Massachusetts. Deputies learned that the hired transport personnel along with the child’s father forced their way into the juvenile’s home on West Iredell Circle in order to take him. Once the child was restrained it appears the father left for the airport leaving his child with the others to drive back to Massachusetts.

At the time of the stop in Virginia authorities located plastic zip ties inside the mini-van that are believed to have been used restrain the juvenile. Virginia authorities will hold the suspects on Iredell County Charges pending extradition. There are no indications the juvenile has any serious injuries and the Virginia Department of Social Services will make the determination in regard to custody of the child.

Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriffs have drawn warrants for Felony Restraint and Felony Breaking and entering for the suspects, Lorraine Colpitts, Michael Warman, Tony Winslow, and Mickey Mitton. The father of the child Rickey Thomas who has not yet been located has warrants for Conspiracy to commit Felony Restraint and Felony Breaking and Entering. The District Attorney’s office has agreed to seek extradition of the suspects back to NC to face charges.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 05:16

Suspect On Burke Most Wanted List Arrested

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A man recently added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list has been arrested. 25-year-old Brandon Jeffery Hyler of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Hyler was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (February 10). He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today. A Superior Court date on the charge is scheduled for March 20.

There are still several wanted suspects being sought by authorities in Burke County. One of the individuals who has been on the Most Wanted List the longest is 40-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua. He's wanted for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.

You can see the entire list at If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.

39-year-old Stevie Allen Woody of Fletcher Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Woody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 16).

31-year-old Matthew Allen Porter of Robbins Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. Porter was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:48

Meth Charge Filed Against Hudson Man

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54-year-old Glenn Dale Coffey of Camary Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Coffey was given a custody release. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court March 6.

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