21-year-old Spencer Thomas Ramseur of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o'clock last night (September 19) on an outstanding warrant for felony insurance fraud. The warrant was issued on August 27 of this year. On H.P.D.'s arrest report, the Department of Insurance was listed as the complainant.

Ramseur was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Caldwell County school board member Tim Hawkins has died. Mr. Hawkins passed away Thursday morning (September 19) with his wife Shannon by his side.

He served on the Board of Education for 17 years, beginning his first term in 2002 and serving as Vice Chairman in 2010. During his tenure, Mr. Hawkins, who was a Certified Public Accountant, served on the Finance Committee and in all capacities of a school board member.

He adjourned his last meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019.

32-year-old Zachary Wayne Heffner of N.C. Highway 10 West in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:15 yesterday afternoon on one felony count each of attempted breaking & entering and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), plus misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.

Heffner was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an alarm at a C.B.D. dispensary on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers noticed damage to a door on the east side of the building. An investigation identified Heffner as the suspect. He was taken into custody at the business.

Heffner was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

20-year-old Barry MacMahan and 37-year-old Brian Maynor have both been charged with felony breaking & entering and attempted common law robbery. MacMahan is in custody while Maynor remains at large.

At about 10:31 this morning (September 19), Catawba Co. Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported break-in in progress at a residence on 37th Street Drive N.E. in the St. Stephens community. The occupant of the residence said he awakened to find two armed men inside his home. The occupant shot at the assailants, who fled from the residence.

Deputies soon learned that a person identified as Barry MacMahan was being treated at Frye Regional Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators determined that MacMahan and Maynor were the two suspects in the break-in. At last report, MacMahan remained in the hospital.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brian Maynor should call the Sheriff's Office at 828-464-3112.

77-year-old Norman Jefferson Nolen of Nolen Acres Lane in Iron Station has been arrested and charged with one count of felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 8:30 last night (September 18) when Lincoln County Deputies responded to a "shots fired" call. After speaking to the reporting party, the Deputies went to a residence on the 6,100 block of Nolen Acres Lane. After knocking on the front door, two Deputies reported shots fired from inside the home.

The Deputies retreated from the home and took cover as additional Officers arrived on the scene. Following a short standoff, Norman Jefferson Nolen was taken into custody. The Deputies were not injured.

After Detectives conducted multiple interviews with witnesses and processed the scene, Nolen was charged accordingly and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted in the case.

35-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell of Canova Forest Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 yesterday afternoon (September 18) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

On September 4, Hickory Police took a larceny report from Loss Prevention at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. The larceny occurred on September 2. The subject reportedly returned stolen merchandise for store credit. The suspect was identified as Vanessa Deann Powell. A warrant for her arrest was issued on September 16.

Powell was taken into custody without incident Wednesday at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

42-year-old Sarah Amador Prather of June Bug Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:35 yesterday afternoon (September 18) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prather was taken into custody without incident at the office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 17:31

Missing Statesville Man Found, Safe

A Silver Alert that was issued for 80-year-old Leroy Turner has been canceled. According to the Statesville Police Department, Mr. Turner is safe. He had gone missing from an address on Spring Field Road in Statesville. No additional details were released.

22-year-old Samuel James Hensley of Gingersnap Drive in Nebo was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers this morning (September 18) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

Events leading to his arrest began at 8:14 a.m. today when Deputies were dispatched to a break-in that had just occurred on Pete Brittain Road, near Enola Road. A witness said they saw a white male run into the woods across from Liberty Middle School on Enola Road. Sheriff's Deputies, Morganton Public Safety Officers, and Broughton Police saturated the area.

A victim and other witnesses provided Officers with a thorough description of the suspect. Deputies were familiar with a person who was identified as a possible suspect. Officers found two bags of stolen property that were discarded by the suspect as he fled on foot.

Liberty Middle School, North Liberty School, Patton High School, and the J. Iverson Riddle Center were notified of the search. Those facilities went into a soft lockdown.

At 8:50 a.m., Deputies made contact with the suspect, Samuel James Hensley, in the crawlspace of his mother’s residence on Pete Brittan Road. Hensley failed to obey commands to come out of the tight crawlspace. Deputies called for Morganton Public Safety's K-9 Unit. After additional commands and warnings, at 8:59 a.m., Hensley came out of the crawlspace prior to the K-9's arrival, but refused to cooperate with Detectives.

Hensley was taken before the magistrate where he was charged and placed under a $30,000 secured bond. He was jailed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility with a first appearance in court scheduled for September 20.

34-year-old Brian Alan Good of 17th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (September 17) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served an outstanding warrant for felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

Good was taken into custody without incident at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 12th Street N.E. and 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date coming up on October 2.

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