A Silver Alert that had been issued for 24-year-old Michael Joseph Morin has been canceled. According to the Morganton Dept. of Safety, Mr. Morin was found at about 8:30 this morning (June 19) at a friend’s house. He has been returned unharmed to the Northwood Group Home in Morganton.

62-year-old Jessie Edward Jeffries of Za Hunter Road in Bessemer City was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 Sunday afternoon (June 17) on one felony count of possession of stolen property.

He was arrested when Hickory Police stopped a 2002 Dodge RAM on 2nd Street N.E. (north of Fire Station #1) when they noticed it was towing a trailer that didn’t have a North Carolina registration plate. During the stop, Officers learned that the trailer was stolen out of Gaston County. Jeffries was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 19) in Newton.

36-year-old Jason Keith Reichard of Danial Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday (June 16) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus a misdemeanor open container violation.

He was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a stolen vehicle at the intersection of Highway 70 S.E. and 8th Street S.E. During the stop, Officers found an open beer on the driver’s side floorboard. The driver, Jason Reichard, was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 19) in Newton.

46-year-old Earl Linkous O’Quinn of Sherrills Ford Road in Catawba was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (June 15) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Buchanan County, Virginia for felony possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear for sentencing.

O’Quinn was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (June 19) in Newton.

The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office has announced that no charges will be filed in connection to a shooting that left a teenager dead last Monday (June 11). After thoroughly reviewing the evidence in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jeremy Law and meeting with the Officers who investigated the case, the State has decided not pursue charges. The State has determined that the shooting was accidental.

The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. on the eleventh at a home on Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville. Officers arrived at the residence, where the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim and another teen were reportedly playing with a handgun when the gun went off.

Jeremy Law had graduated with Honors from Alexander Central High School just two days earlier.

41-year-old Demetrish Thompson of Roswell, Georgia was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (June 17) on charges of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to the arrest began as a Deputy responded to check on a possible broken down vehicle on Interstate-40 East, near exit 154. When the Deputy arrived, he saw a female vomiting out from the vehicle’s passenger side. As the Deputy went to see if the woman needed medical assistance, he noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

After speaking to the driver, Demetrish Thompson, a search of the vehicle was conducted, leading to the discovery of 5.2 grams of Ecstasy, both crushed and in pill form.

Thompson was arrested and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under an $8,000 secured bond. He is currently on federal probation for other major charges. Thompson’s federal probation Officer was contacted. Additional charges are anticipated. No court date is currently listed.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 24-year-old Michael Joseph Morin. Mr. Morin is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Morin is a white male. He is 5' 11” tall and weighs 203 pounds. He has brown medium-length hair and has brown eyes. Mr. Morin was last seen at 407 North College Street in Morganton (the Northwood Group Home). He was wearing a black tank top with black basketball shorts

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Joseph Morin should call the Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1211.

24-year-old Rebekah Larae Arney of County Home Dairy Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Friday night (June 15) on two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

She was arrested when Hickory Police arrived at the Cubbard Express on 16th Street N.E. to perform a health check. During the incident, Officers learned that the subject’s vehicle had been reported stolen out of Burke County.

The subject initially provided Officers with a false name. Her correct name was obtained and Rebekah Larae Arney was taken into custody without incident. An additional outstanding warrant issued in Burke County on May 28 for possession of a stolen motor vehicle was also served.

Arney was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (June 19) in Newton with a Superior Court date coming up on July 30 in Morganton.

25-year-old Lee Marquis Wilson of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (June 16) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in the city limits and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Patrol Officers on the 900 block of South Center Street heard shots fired. They saw suspects on the 800 block of the same street leaving in two different vehicles.

One vehicle was stopped on 10th Avenue S.E., off of Highway 127 south. During the stop, Police found a Taurus .357 Magnum handgun under the passenger seat, which was occupied by Lee Marquis Wilson. In the course of the arrest Officers found 2.3 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $608 in currency.

Wilson was taken into custody without incident at about 4 a.m. Saturday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (June 19) in Newton.

According to a press released issued today (June 15), 18-year-old Sierra Brooke Goble of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander Co. Sherrif’s Officers on May 25 for robbery with a dangerous weapon. She also faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Goble was jailed under a $45,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make an initial appearance in court on May 29. Her next court date was set for July 2.

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