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31-year-old Anna Marie Yates of Village Park Road in Kannapolis has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Yates was working for a cleaning company that was cleaning a residence on the 5800 block of McClintock Drive in Denver when two rings valued at approximately $10,000 were taken from a jewelry box in the master bedroom.

Kannapolis Police went to the suspect’s home and found Yates wearing one of the stolen rings when she answered the door. The ring, valued at $7,000, was recovered. The other ring is still missing.

Detective Greg Hager arrested Yates yesterday (February 11). She was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

26-year-old Keyona Shawantae Byrd of Cordia Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (February 11) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny, as well as one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing.

She was charged after a Loss Prevention Officer at Wal-Mart on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory saw the suspect in the rear of the store as she concealed assorted grocery items in a bag on her person. Loss Prevention detained Byrd as she passed the last point of sale without paying for the items, which were valued at about $93.

Byrd had been banned from all Wal-Mart stores in January of 2014. Persons who are found on property from which they have been banned may be charged with breaking & entering.

Following her arrest, Byrd was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

The District Attorney’s Office announced today (February 11) that 56-year-old William Eugene Murphy has rejected a plea offer after a jury split six-to-six yesterday in the murder case involving the 1990 killings of Mark Randall Secreast and his wife, Jeanie Barlow Secreast. Murphy’s attorney, LisaDubs, told the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, that there have been plea discussions with prosecutors, but no agreement was reached.  

Judge Poovey declared a mistrial shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday at the Caldwell County Courthouse in Lenoir.

The judge has not set a new date for the second trial, pointing out that he needs more information from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts regarding the availability of judges, court reporters and courtroom space. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren stressed the need for time to make accommodations for the state’s witnesses and experts to be ready for a second trial.

41-year-old Samuel Bryant Underwood of 6th Street Court S.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night. He faces one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.

Underwood was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Kohl’s store in Hickory last November. As he was exiting the store, Underwood allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at a Kohl’s employee. He was arrested eight days later.

Underwood was taken into custody yesterday without incident on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today.

Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:55

Hickory Man Indicted as Habitual Felon

40-year-old Lewis Jerome Mack, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (February 10) on felony counts of larceny, habitual larceny and possession of cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

The indictment stems from a reported larceny at the Rugged Wearhouse on Highway 70 Southwest in Hickory on September 4 of last year. At that time, Officers spotted a person matching the suspect description on foot in the area of the Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue S.W. A Rugged Wearhouse employee identified the man, Lewis Mack, as the suspect. A search turned up 0.3 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two pairs of men’s shoes.

As he was taken into custody last year, Mack suffered an apparent seizure and was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was arrested when he was released from the hospital.

Yesterday, Mack was taken into custody on the 800 block of Highway 127 South in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $21,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

17-year-old Demarco Moseller Young of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night (February 10) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.

Young and two other suspects were initially arrested in November of last year in connection to an incident in which the three allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint. The stolen items were a pickup truck, cash, a credit card, two cell phones and medication. According to Police, the robbery was not a random act and the suspects were acquainted with the victim.

Young, a student at Hickory High School, was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was released under a $25,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

46-year-old Deven Kirby Deal, 66-year-old Deborah Thompson Teague and 48-year-old Jonathan Chad Ward, all from the same address on North Center Street in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at 3:40 this morning (February 11) on a variety of drug charges. All three were charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine; as well as possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance. Deal was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Thompson was charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were arrested after Police spotted a suspicious vehicle, which led to the search of a residence at the Timberwood townhome complex on North Center Street. The search turned up meth, heroin, pills, L.S.D., psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, bath salts, cash and drug paraphernalia.

All three suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $120,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.

19-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (February 9) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest, as well as misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, driving while license revoked and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest began as Officers conducting a property check on the 100 block of 5th Street S.E. saw a vehicle turn left out of the parking lot in an effort to avoid Police. Officers then saw the vehicle run a stop sign as it turned onto “F” Avenue S.E.

Police pursued the vehicle for a short distance until the driver and another subject jumped from the vehicle as it slowed while turning from 3rd Avenue S.E. onto 5th Street S.E. Both subjects fled on foot, running behind a residence at 332 5th Street S.E. The unoccupied vehicle eventually came to a stop when it hit a tree at 434 5th Street S.E.

Officers located the driver, Carlos Car’tre Ikard, near the residence. The other subject has not been found.

Ikard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Highway 127 in Hickory was closed for several hours yesterday after a pick-up truck ran into a utility pole.

The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. when the driver of a Chevrolet pick-up truck traveling northbound on Highway 127 in the area of 5th Avenue N.E. (near Frye Regional Medical Center) ran off the road and hit the pole and another car. Power lines came down onto another truck and another vehicle. The highway re-opened at about 9 p.m.

A Police spokesperson told WHKY that the driver of the Chevy truck had a medical issue that caused the accident. He was taken to the hospital as the result of that medical issue. No one was injured as the result of the crash.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:26

Two Sex Offenders Arrested in Iredell County

33-year-old Lee Earnest Williams of Carolina Wren Drive in Mooresville and 33-year-old Robert Johnathan Buchanan of Leatherwood Drive in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Williams was charged with failure to register as a sex offender and Buchanan was charged with failure by a sex offender to register a change of address.

On January 14, Deputy D.C. Price with the Iredell County Special Victim’s Unit learned that Williams had failed to perform his bi-annual address verification at the Sheriff’s Office. Registered sex offenders are required to appear in person every six months to verify their address and other information. The verifications are done in addition to home visits conducted by Officers throughout the year.

Williams is on the sex offender registry as the result of an out-of-state conviction in 2005. The victim was 12 years-of-age and Williams was 22 at the time of the offense.

The previous day (January 13), Deputy Price attempted to verify a valid address for Buchanan after making multiple attempts to locate the subject living at his listed address. Buchanan did not notify the Sheriff’s Office that he had moved to another address.

Buchanan is on the sex offender registry as the result of a 2008 conviction in Iredell County for indecent liberties with a minor. The victim was 14 years-of-age and Buchanan was 25 at the time of the offense.    

Williams was arrested on January 19 and Buchanan was arrested on January 26. Both were placed in the Iredell County Detention Center with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. Williams was due in court today, while Buchanan has a court date coming up on February 16.

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