Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:10

Lincolnton Man Charged with Felony Child Abuse

33-year-old Michael Scott Constance of Barsdale Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers today (January 17) on one felony count of child abuse and one misdemeanor count of assault on a child under 12.

The arrest came after an investigation into reports of a two-year-old child suffering from severe bruising and other injuries. The child had been taken to Atrium Healthcare Hospital on McAlister Road in Lincolnton on January 16.

Deputies responded to the hospital where they spoke with medical staff and to the child's mother. According to a press release issued today by the Sheriff’s Office, the child had been left alone at home with the mother’s live-in boyfriend while the mother ran an errand. When the mother returned home, she noticed severe bruising on the child's head and face. The mother then took the child to the emergency room.

Officers executed a search warrant at the child's home on Barsdale Lane.  After searching the residence and conducting an interview, Detective Jon Propst took the boyfriend, Michael Scott Constance, into custody.

Constance was given a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court was set for tomorrow (January 18).

Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:59

Hickory Teen Faces Felony Robbery Charge

18-year-old Valashia Vernae Boyce of "E" Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (January 16) on one felony count of common law robbery.

She was arrested in connection to an incident on December 31 of last year. At that time, Officers took a report regarding a robbery at a residence on 18th Street N.W. in Hickory. An investigation identified Boyce as one of the suspects. A warrant for her arrest was issued.

Boyce was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

48-year-old Wanda Jean Tate of Elberton, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at about seven o'clock last night on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Tate is wanted by the Sheriff's Office in Walton County, Georgia for a felony probation violation. The original charges against Tate include theft by shoplifting, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession or use of drug-related objects.

She was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory. Tate was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 17) in Newton.

41-year-old Christopher Lee Prater of Johnson City, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after one o'clock yesterday afternoon (January 15) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Prater is wanted in Virginia on unspecified charges. He was also arrested on misdemeanor warrants out of Lincoln County for D.W.I. and failure to appear in court for failure to comply with the terms of community service. The warrants were issued in June of last year.

Prater was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $13,266.75, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. A Lincoln County court date was set for February 5.

29-year-old Brandon Eugene Scronce of River Run Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (January 15) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested when Police responded to HKY Customs on Startown Road where items had been stolen from several vehicles. Officers then located a suspicious person on the McDonald Parkway. That person, Brandon Eugene Scronce, had items with him that Officers believed were stolen from HKY Customs. The items were later confirmed as stolen. Scronce was then taken into custody without incident at an address on North College Avenue in Newton.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 16) in Newton.

38-year-old Calvin Wayne Davis of Saint James Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (January 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested after Police found 1.1 grams of methamphetamine in a 2000 Acura in the parking lot at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.E. Davis was the owner of the vehicle.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. Davis was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

38-year-old Misti Dawn Metcalf of Wayne Street in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:40 last night (January 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and on misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested when Police responded to a report of drug activity in the parking lot at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. During the incident, Officers found one gram of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Metcalf was taken into custody without incident at the store. Another person in the vehicle was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Metcalf was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered Alexander County man. He is 23-year-old Paul Milton Simms, who is from the Taylorsville area. He is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Simms was last seen at the Ingram Planetarium on High Market Street in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. He is a white male; 6' 1" tall, weighing 185 pounds. Mr. Simms has long brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a camouflage coat.

Possible destinations include Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oak Island, N.C. and Hiddenite, N.C.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Paul Milton Simms should call the Sunset Beach Police Department at 910-253-7490.

22-year-old Adarion Decoda Parsons of Summerfield Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late Friday night (January 11) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police located a suspicious person at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. The suspect, Adarion Decoda Parsons, matched the description of the suspect from a vehicle break-in that was reported earlier. During the arrest, Officers found one gram of marijuana and 12 dosage units of Xanax.

Parsons was taken into custody without incident at the convenience store. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton, with another court date coming up on February 12.

58-year-old Barbara Ann Caldwell-Hooper of Roy Caldwell Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:35 Friday evening (January 11) on two felony counts of habitual larceny.

She was arrested after Officers responded Friday to a reported larceny at Sam's Club on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. One of the habitual larceny charges is from an arrest warrant issued on July 9 of last year.

Hooper was taken into custody without incident at Exit 119 on I-40 westbound in Hildebran. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were scheduled today (January 14) in Newton.

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