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A second suspect will be charged in connection with the robbery of a Granite Falls convenience store last week. Last Thursday (May 12) at approximately 3 a.m. Murphy's Express on Hickory Boulevard was robbed by two men. A firearm was used during the crime and money was taken from the register.

16-year-old Trystan Lee McClain of Hickory has already been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the robbery. The Granite Falls Police Department has also obtained warrants on 17-year-old Ahmad Shakim Smith of Hickory for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

McClain and Smith were also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon by Hickory Police in connection with the robbery of Walgreens on North Center Street. That crime occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. the same day of the Murphy's Express robbery.

Both suspects were still being held at the Catawba County Detention Facility. McClain's bond is $100,000, Smith currently has a bond of $50,000. 

Investigators with the Granite Falls Police Department and the Hickory Police Department are still investigating both cases.

A Hickory man will serve at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and admitting to his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday, May 9.

35-year-old Abdo Carlis Byrd was issued an active prison sentence of six to eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Eric C. Morgan, Superior Court Judge from Forsyth County. His sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status.

Investigation by Hickory Police Department revealed that on April 9, 2013, Byrd struck 58-year-old Michael Williams of Hickory in the neck with a ceramic canister, resulting in a significant laceration,

Byrd fled the scene but was located a short time later and taken into custody by officers.

The defendant had prior felony convictions in Catawba County in July 2010, July 2007 and October 2003.

Anthony N. Horton investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Sean McGinnis handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office with assistance from Melanie Earles.

Monday, 16 May 2016 17:27

Teen Missing from Lincoln County

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The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen, 14-year-old Benjamin Lee Mack, II. He was last seen at his residence around 11:30 p.m. yesterday (May 15).

Benjamin Mack is described as a white male, 5’4” tall and weighing around 240 pounds. He has dark brown hair with the ends dyed blond. Mack has hazel eyes and a tattoo of a Roman numeral “II” on one of his knuckles. Both ears are also pierced.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Benjamin Lee Mack, II, should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

The investigating officer is Detective Kelly Paris.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this afternoon (May 16) for the new N.C. Works Career Center in Conover. The new career center is located in a recently revitalized area in downtown Conover, 403 Conover Station S.E.

Among the speakers at today’s ceremony were the Western Piedmont Council of Governments’ (WPCOG) workforce development board director, Wendy Johnson; Taylorsville Mayor and WPCOG board chair George Holleman; the assistant secretary for the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions, William Collins; and the N.C. Works Career Center manager, Felicia Setzer.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. After the ribbon cutting, light refreshments were served and an open house was held until 4 p.m.

31-year-old Clinton Collins Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 p.m. yesterday (May 15) on a number of outstanding warrants. On warrants issued in September of last year, he was charged with felony breaking & entering and with two felony counts of larceny of a firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on a charge of possession of marijuana between an ounce and an ounce and a half. In connection to yesterday’s arrest, Tipps was charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office charged Tipps with three counts of non-support of a child.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,950 secured bond, plus a $260 bond for failure to appear and another $1,500 for child support. Appearances in court were scheduled for today, May 19, June 2 and June 16.

32-year-old Dwayne Bercell Sledge Jr. of East Sycamore Street in Lincolnton was arrested May 4 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and sale and delivery of marijuana.  

The warrants were the result of an investigation into Sledge’s alleged drug related activities in the East Pine Street area. The probe was conducted by Lincolnton Police Department narcotics detectives. The investigation was started after several citizen complaints were made about Sledge and his associates conducting illegal narcotics activity in the area.  Detectives conducted surveillance and utilized undercover operations during the probe.

During the investigation it was determined that Sledge was a low level street dealer or runner, and a number of Sledge’s associates were identified. The investigation was conducted by Det. Brent Heavner and Sgt. Dennis Harris of the Lincolnton Police Department.  The case is open and further arrests are possible.  

Sledge was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.

23-year-old Deante Jerome Sowell of Ben Mclain Lane in Stanley was arrested April 29 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with six felony counts of trafficking opiates and two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance.  

According to a news release issued today (Monday, May 16) by the Lincolnton Police Department, the warrants were the result of a Narcotics Division investigation into Sowell. The department received information from concerned citizens about Sowell allegedly trafficking drugs in the public housing neighborhood of Mauney Drive in Lincolnton.

Investigators utilized surveillance and undercover operations to build a case on Sowell. The narcotics in question in these cases were prescription, opiate based medications.

Following his arrest, Sowell was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $60,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court July 15. This investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

34-year-old Glenna Carol Eller of Pharr Hill Drive in Stony Point was arrested Friday (May 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell controlled substance, and trafficking schedule II controlled substance by sale and possession. Eller is the final person being sought in connection to Operation No Fooling.

Eller was charged by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators after an investigation into the selling of prescription pain medication in the Stony Point area of Western Iredell County. The arrest was made after evidence was gathered during the investigation and undercover hand to hand purchases were made at the suspect’s residence.

Eller was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $400,000 dollars secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 16).

23-year-old Tiffany Amber Gosnell of Millwood Drive in Taylorsville has been arrested on a felony warrant by Newton Police as a felon awaiting extradition to East Baton Rouge, Louisiana on charges of possession of Hyrdrocodone and possession with intent to deliver Xanax. She was also charged locally with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Gosnell was jailed yesterday (May 15) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $102,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear today in District Court on the fugitive warrant and in Superior Court on the stolen vehicle charge.

Monday, 16 May 2016 11:42

Boone Man Arrested for Felony Robbery

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20-year-old Randy Craig Pollard of Brook Hollow Road in Boone has been arrested by Boone Police for felonious robbery with a dangerous weapon.

At about 11:35 Friday night (May 13), Boone Police were notified of an armed robbery on Hunting Hills Lane. The victim had agreed to give a ride to Randy Craig Pollard from a business on West King Street to the Greenway Trail parking area off of Hunting Hills Lane in exchange for cash.

When the victim and Pollard arrived at their destination, Pollard produced a knife and demanded cash. The victim complied and gave Pollard what money she had. Pollard then fled on the Greenway Trail. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

Boone Police Officers responded and found Pollard on the Greenway Trail. He was arrested and taken before a Magistrate Pollard was given a $75,000 secured bond with an appearance in Watauga District Court set for June 17.