Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers raided a mobile home on Morning Drive in Catawba today (June 23) and seized approximately a kilo of cocaine, half a pound of marijuana, two firearms and about $8,000 in cash.  No arrests have been made at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.

Lincolnton Police are again asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Justin Shoemake, who was reported as a runaway on Friday, June 16.

Shoemake was last seen running towards the railroad tracks near the Lincoln Co. Department of Social Services on East Main Street in Lincolnton.  He was wearing a blue & white tee shirt and blue jeans.  He was carrying a bright green backpack.  

Justin Shoemake is a white male with green eyes and blonde hair.  He is five feet tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding Shoemake’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Sergeant Dennis Harris at 704-736-8900.

Hickory Firefighter Matt Quarles has earned the Advanced Firefighter designation through the N.C. State Firefighter’s Association (NCSFA).  Only one percent of the more than 50,000 Firefighters across the state have applied for and received the Advanced Firefighter designation.   

In order to be eligible for consideration, a Firefighter must meet five core competencies or qualifications.  The Firefighter’s Advanced Professional Certificate is then awarded based on a formula that combines formal education, fire & rescue continuing education training and actual experience as a Firefighter.

Matthew Quarles was hired as a Hickory Firefighter in March 2015.  Previously, he had been an engineer with St. Stephens Fire Department for four years.  He holds a number of certifications and earned a Fire Protection Technology associate degree from Catawba Valley Community College.

He is married to Rachel.  Their son, Emmett Fisher Quarles, was born in May of this year.

28-year-old Zachary David Newell of the 8th Avenue Extension in Maiden, 33-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of 31st Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory and 21-year-old Bryan Scott Smith of Shoal Road in Lincolnton were all arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night.  Newell and Smith were both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  In addition, Newell and Gibbs both face two counts each for possession of a firearm by a felon.  Smith was also charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

The three were apprehended at a shopping center on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  Newell was arrested after fleeing on foot.  The other two were taken into custody without incident.

All three suspects were confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Newell set at $70,000, secured, while Gibbs and Smith were each given a $40,000 secured bond.  They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court on June 26 in Newton.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection to the theft of a backpack leaf blower from the yard at a residence on Low Bridge Road.

The homeowner told Officers he was in the back yard mowing grass on May 31 when a vehicle stopped in front of his house.  A male got out of the vehicle, picked up the leaf blower, ran back to his vehicle and sped away.  

The serial number on the Stihl leaf blower is 94240800191.  The suspect is believed to be a young white male who was wearing a black shirt, black skinny jeans and flip flops at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or the whereabouts of the stolen leaf blower should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

33-year-old Henry Pham of 23rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon (June 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Events leading to his arrest began on June 13 as Officers responded to assist Catawba County E.M.S. at an apartment on 23rd Avenue Place N.E. Officers identified Pham and found a firearm in his residence. They confirmed that Pham was a convicted felon and seized the firearm. In addition, 18 dosage units of Alprazolam were found.

Pham was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment. Upon his release, Pham was served with the arrest warrants at the hospital and taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton. Another court date on the drug charge was scheduled for July 12.

45-year-old Charlotte Kay Hoyle of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:25 a.m. yesterday (June 20) on two counts each of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, plus one felony count each of forgery of bank notes, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested after Officers responded to the Chesterbrook Academy on Highway 127 South where a vehicle break-in was reported.  Through investigation, Hoyle was identified and arrested.

Hoyle was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,500 secured bond.  She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

39-year-old Sue Ann Chambers of McCall Town Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.

Yesterday, Officers responded to a larceny call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. where a suspect pushed a cart full of items past the last point of sale and exited the store.  Chambers was identified and taken into custody without incident at the store.

She was processed and released under an $18,000 unsecured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for June 26 in Newton.

38-year-old Horace Lamar Morton of Campbell Road in Newton was arrested at about 11:15 last night (June 20) by Hickory Police on one count each of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  He was also charged with six counts of failure to appear for shoplifting and vehicular offenses.

Morton was taken into custody without incident at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry on 1st Avenue S.E.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $32,500 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled for June 26 in Newton.  Additional court dates were set for June 27 and August 9.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 10:37

Vale Couple Faces Felony Marijuana Charges

32-year-old Dustin Paige Reinhardt and 30-year-old Cassie Jade Hartsoe, both of Hallman Mill Road in Vale, were arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers yesterday (June 20).  They were each charged felony counts of manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

The couple was arrested for having a marijuana growing operation near the 3400 block of Hallman Mill Road.  Narcotics Detectives made the arrests following a tip they received through Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers.  

Detectives say the couple used an outbuilding behind their residence to grow marijuana.  They used fans, special lighting and a special enclosure to enhance growth.  Detectives dismantled and seized three plants and other items.  The marijuana plants were valued at up to $15,000, depending on how it was packaged and sold.

Following their arrests, Reinhardt and Hartsoe were each given a $50,000 secured bond.  First appearances in District Court were set for June 23.

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