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34-year-old Layra Lynn McLaurin of Loving Road in Midland was arrested Monday (April 18) in Caldwell County on charges filed in Cabarrus County. She's charged with felony safecracking and misdemeanor counts of larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Following the arrest, McLaurin was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir Wednesday (April 20).   

38-year-old Donald Keith Sexton of Paul Payne Store Road in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (April 18) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Sexton was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 19).

29-year-old Amber Lee Belcher of NE Commercial Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and conspire to break and enter a building with felony larceny. Belcher was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 19).

28-year-old Andrew Marquese Izard of 10th Street Boulevard NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (April 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of probation violation, single felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a stolen firearm, and one misdemeanor count of providing tobacco or vapor products to an inmate. Izard is also charged with 11 counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, Izard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $149,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (April 21).

Two new names have been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. The new names were added on Saturday (April 16).     

27-year-old Marshall Shane Freeman is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office. He's wanted on felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of an instrument, and uttering a forged instrument. Marshall Shane Freeman's last known address was 3229 Windy Hill Drive in Valdese.

27-year-old Alicia Nicole Freeman is another new addition to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. She's wanted on felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Alicia Nicole Freeman's last known address was 113 Fat Avenue NE in Valdese.

You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at the Sheriff's Office website, burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects you can contact the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or you can e-mail admin@burkesheriff.org. You may also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.

23-year-old Timothy Wallace Smith of Trinity Lane in Iron Station was arrested Sunday (April 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of Trafficking Heroin, two felony counts of Sale and Delivery of Heroin, and one felony count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover operation during which detectives say Smith sold trafficking amounts of heroin. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the suspect was making regular trips to the Charlotte area where he would purchase trafficking amounts of heroin and bring the drugs into Lincoln County. Detectives were able to make several undercover buys from Smith leading to warrants and the eventual arrest of the suspect.  

Following his arrest, Smith was placed in jail under $40,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court May 3.

25-year-old Amanda Danielle Forth of Groomstown Road in Greensboro was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. When Officers arrived, E.M.S. personnel were on the scene administering C.P.R. to a male subject. The man was revived and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

There were two other occupants in the room. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of one Clonazepam pill, three syringes and 0.2 grams of methamphetamine in Amanda Forth’s purse. 0.3 grams of meth was found on her person.

Forth was taken into custody without incident at about 4:25 a.m. No one else was charged and no update is available regarding the hospitalized man’s condition. Forth was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. She has since been released. Forth was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 18) in Newton.

22-year-old Samuel Roy Sipe of East Church Street of Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 16) on one felony count each for possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police conducting a license checkpoint on the 2100 block of Highway 70 S.E. smelled marijuana coming from a 2015 Toyota Camry. They pulled the vehicle to the side and conducted a search. 0.4 grams of black tar heroin, 0.1 grams of cocaine and 2.5 grams of marijuana were found.

The driver, Samuel Sipe, was taken into custody without incident. A passenger in the Toyota was not charged. Sipe was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 18) in Newton.

Monday, 18 April 2016 13:40

Armed Robbery Reported at Holiday Foods

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Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Holiday Foods store on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Police responded to the store at 8:44 last night (April 17).

A male suspect reportedly walked into the store, hit the clerk in the head with his hand, displayed a gun and forced the clerk to the cash register. He fled the store after taking an undisclosed sum of cash and the clerk’s iPhone. The suspect was wearing a black mask and a hoodie.

The 61-year-old female clerk did not require medical attention.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

37-year-old Crystal Renee Tallent was arrested today (Monday, April 18) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny from an automobile. Tallent was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (April 19) in Morganton.