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32-year-old Charlotte Erin Geter of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon (March 26) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested after management at the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory reported that a former employee had taken money for voided transactions. Store security video confirmed the theft. The timeframe in which the larceny occurred and the amount of money stolen were not specified in Police reports.

A warrant for Geter’s arrest was issued on that same day, but she wasn’t arrested until yesterday when she was taken into custody without incident at her residence. Geter was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 unsecured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

37-year-old Aundrea Shaneice “Squirmy” Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8:30 last night (March 26) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

She was arrested when Officers on patrol on the 800 block of South Center Street saw a female staggering in the roadway. According to Police reports, the woman, Aundrea Robinson, appeared to be intoxicated. One-tenth of a gram of crack cocaine was found on her person.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today.

19-year-old Shawn Lee Buckner of Southern Way in Nebo was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (March 24) on one felony count assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Events leading to his arrest began when a call came in regarding an assault that had just occurred on Interstate 40 westbound, near Exit 113. Sheriff’s Deputies, E.M.S. and other first responders found the victim suffering from a stab wound to the right side of his neck.

The victim identified his attacker as Shawn Buckner, who was found walking along the Interstate, just west of where the assault took place. When questioned, Buckner admitted to stabbing the victim in the neck with a pocketknife.

The victim was transported Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton where he was treated for his wounds. At last report, he was in stable condition.

Buckner was taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Wednesday (March 25) with his next court date coming up on April 15.

20-year-old Blaine Aaron Laws of Martin Place in Lenoir was arrested early this morning (March 27) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Hickory Police Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory heard a man and a woman talking loudly in a room at the hotel. Police observed as one subject carried drug paraphernalia into the restroom where the Officers could hear the toilet tank lid being removed and replaced.

Officers entered the room and identified the two subjects, neither of whom had any outstanding warrants. The Officers noticed that the toilet was running continuously. In the tank, they found a plastic bag floating on the water. In that bag and elsewhere in the room, Police found 0.8 grams of marijuana, 38.5 assorted pills, a pipe, a grinder and $272 in cash.

Laws was taken into custody without incident at about 2:20 this morning. The female subject was not charged. Laws was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Author Daniel Morton, who lives in Valdese, will be available to sign copies of his book, “Eyes of the Ocean” tomorrow (March 28). Mr. Morton will be at the Valdese Heritage Arts Center at 146 Main Street West from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The novel is a suspense-filled crime drama with a spiritual twist, leaving readers guessing until the end. The “Eyes of the Ocean” bears witness as one man must fight to hold onto his sanity and faith, while praying for justice.

The book was published by Tate Publishing in May of 2011. It was followed by two sequels.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are continuing their investigation in an effort to determine the identity of the skeletal and tissue remains discovered from March 16 to March 18 below a Lake James spillway in Morganton. DNA from the remains will be compared to known missing persons in the area. An expedited DNA analysis has been requested. Authorities hope the testing will be completed in the next three months.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:09

Burke County Man Missing Since Feb. 5

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 35-year-old Walter Edward Shirey IV.

Mr. Shirey was reported missing on February 5, 2015. He was last seen in western Burke County. Mr. Shirey could possibly be in or around Asheville.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Walter Edward Shirey IV should contact the Burke County Emergency Communication Center at 828-438-5500 or the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 828-764-9505.

18-year-old Mauriana Laketria Moore of Liberty Church Road in Hickory was arrested at about 8:30 last night (March 25) on a felony larceny warrant out of Iredell County. The warrant was issued on February 16 of this year.

Moore turned herself in at Hickory Police headquarters and was released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. She will appear in District Court on April 14 in Mooresville.

30-year-old Bradley Joe Pennell of Lewittes Road in Taylorsville was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night (March 25) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine. He also faces charges for possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was initially arrested in October of last year after Officers on foot patrol at the Days Inn & Suites in Hickory found packages containing 11.7 grams of methamphetamine and 1.2 gms meth, as well as four needles, scales, a pipe, $994 in cash and 1.2 grams of marijuana.

Following his arrest yesterday, Pennell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.

31-year-old Quantez Antonio Gaither of McKay Road in Newton and 32-year-old Gracie Nicole Simon of 5th Avenue N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (March 25). Gaither was charged with one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Simon faces one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room. During a subsequent search of the room, packages containing 57.3 grams of marijuana and 3.1 grams of marijuana were found. Also found on Gaither's person were 59 Hydrocodone tablets and $335 in U.S. currency.

Gaither was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Simon was released on a $100 secured bond. Gaither will appear in District Court tomorrow, while Simon is due in court on April 23, both in Hickory.

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