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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 13:45

Three Busted in Connection to Lincoln County Meth Lab

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31-year-old Brandon Stewart Shronce of Hollow Road in Lincolnton, 32-year-old Meghan Elizabeth Cochrane, with a general delivery address in Lincolnton, and 39-year-old Jamie Shane Richard of Ivey Church Road in Iron Station have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance, possession & distribution of meth precursors and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Cochrane was also served a warrant for failure to appear.

The three were arrested yesterday (November 17) for their involvement in a meth lab. Detectives went to a residence near the 3100 block of Loomis Street, near Mirror Lake Road, to investigate a complaint about drug activity. One of the subjects answered the door and Officers detected a strong chemical odor coming from inside. Detectives were given consent to enter the residence where they saw what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab.

Meth lab-certified Narcotics Detectives arrived at the scene and confirmed that the items located inside were, in fact, a meth lab. The residence was secured and Officers contained the crime scene until S.B.I. Agents arrived to assist in the clean-up and evidence collection.  

Following the arrests, Cochrane was held under a $140,000 secured bond while Shronce and Richard were each given a $100,000 secured bond. No court dates are currently listed.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled a lane closure on the N.C. 150 bridge over Lake Norman to allow for a final inspection of rehabilitation work on the bridge deck and rails.

The lane closure will be in place on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 9 a.m. and should last roughly one hour. The bridge has been undergoing a rehabilitation project that will extend the structure's lifespan. If the inspection goes as planned, the work on the top of the bridge will be complete.

Some final work remains under the bridge deck. That remaining work shouldn't impact traffic.

For real-time travel information, call 5-1-1, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:42

Lincolnton Man Arrested in Hickory on Firearms Charges

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38-year-old Jason Anthony Johnson of North Greene Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (November 17) on felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm in the city limits and failure to appear on a misdemeanor. In addition, Johnson was served outstanding warrants for larceny of a firearm and motor vehicle theft. Those warrants were dated November 6.

He was taken into custody without incident after Officers responded to reports of a subject shooting a firearm into the air. Police located Johnson with a handgun on his person. The gun had been reported stolen out of Lincoln County.

Johnson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

23-year-old Jameson Acoya Kennedy and 22-year-old Dyangeliz Michela Ross, both of the same Michelle Drive address in Newton, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eight o’clock last night (November 17). Kennedy was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while license revoked, while Ross faces one felony count of failure to return hired property.

They were arrested after Police responded to a stolen vehicle complaint at the U-Haul location on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. A subject rented a vehicle on November 13, but did not return it. The vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database.

Last night, Newton Police reported that they were following the stolen vehicle, which was then stopped by Newton and Hickory Police on the McDonald Parkway, near the Bob Evans restaurant.

Kennedy and Ross were taken into custody without incident. A third subject in the vehicle was not charged.

Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $3,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 06:59

Fatal Accident Reported In Catawba County (Updated)

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a wreck that resulted in death of one person in Catawba County.

According to WSOC, Officials said the wreck happened on Sherrills Ford Road near Mount Pleasant Church Road around 10:30 a.m. According to the report two witnesses who were outside building a duplex at the time of the accident said the car flipped at least two times after driving off Sherrills Ford Road.

After going off the roadway, the vehicle struck a culvert causing it to overturn. Troopers say a woman was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Nobody else was in the car.

The victim's name had not been released as of this afternoon, and the cause of the accident remained under investigation.

24-year-old Terrence Eric Andrade and 21-year-old Toriana Danielle Patterson were both arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Andrade is charged with Felony Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver, Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for the Sale and Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Felony Destruction of Evidence. Patterson is charged with Possession of Marijuana, Allowing an Unlicensed Driver to Operate a Motor Vehicle and Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for Use in the Sale of Controlled Substances.

According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, an officer spotted a speeding vehicle and conducted a vehicle stop in the parking lot of Jerry’s Neighborhood Store. Officer Walker identified the driver as Terrence Eric Andrade and confirmed that his driving privilege was suspended.

Another Officer along with a K-9 Officer arrived as backup. While all occupants were being checked for warrants, an exterior sniff of the vehicle was conducted by the K-9. The K-9 alerted Officers to the presence of illegal narcotics inside the car. All occupants were asked to step out of the car. A search of the passenger, Toriana Patterson resulted in the discovery of a plastic bag of Marijuana concealed in her bra, along with approximately $1,100 in cash.

Andrade was arrested and placed in a patrol car. Officers observed Andrade thrashing about in the back of the cruiser. When officers asked Andrade to get out of the patrol car, it was apparent that Andrade had something in his mouth. Andrade chewed up some crack cocaine and was attempting to swallow it before being discovered. Andrade spit out the remaining substance onto the pavement and it was tested, confirming crack cocaine. Andrade, while cuffed in the back of a patrol car was able to retrieve a bag containing seven grams of methamphetamine which was concealed in his rectum. Officers discovered the bag of methamphetamine after Andrade had spit out the crack cocaine. Surveillance footage confirmed Andrade’s retrieval of the contraband.

The vehicle is owned by Toriana Patterson. The cash, car and narcotics were seized as evidence. Andrade was placed in jail under $26,000 bond, Patterson received a $15,000 bond. Both suspects were scheduled to make first court appearances today (Wednesday, November 18).

25-year-old Dennis Malcolm Chester of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Chester is charged with felony probation violation. He was confined in the Caldwell County Jail under $40,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to make his next appearance in Superior Court December 7.

Burke County Commissioners have voted to build a new jail in the section of Morganton the Sheriff’s Office is currently located. During last night’s Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted 4-1 to build a new 256 bed jail on Government Drive. The Sheriff’s Office and Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility are located on that road. The lone dissenting vote came from Commissioner Maynard Taylor, who had previously presented a motion to table the item until the December meeting. That motion was defeated 4-1.

Tuesday’s vote to build the new jail on Government Drive ends months of discussion regarding a new jail in Burke County. During last night’s meeting during the public comment period, Pat Messick, who identified himself as a former law enforcement officer, spoke against the new jail, saying the county did not need it. Currently, inmates in Burke County are housed at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, which, according to the most recent available statistics has 176 beds, and the smaller downtown jail at the courthouse, which has 60 beds.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, Burke Commissioners approved the rezoning of 2.51 acres at Highway 18 and DAV Avenue from R-3 Residential to General Business. The rezoning request was submitted for construction of a new Dollar General store at that location. There was one speaker during public comments who expressed her concerns regarding the construction of a Dollar General at that site.

46-year-old Tina Metcalf Sain of 28th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and felony probation violation. Sain was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 20).

27-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, habitual felon, misdemeanor escape local jail, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. In addition, Chafin is charged on grand jury indictments with prostitution and solicit for prostitution. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,500 bond. A District Court date is set for December 10, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 14.