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Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection to a Christmas Eve robbery at Burger King.

Crime Stoppers is paying for information leading to the arrests of suspects wanted for their part in the robbery that was committed at Burger King in Morganton last Wednesday.

Anyone with information should call 828-437-3333 or send a private message through the Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Anyone who submits tips will remain anonymous.

Monday, 29 December 2014 12:52

More Details in Hickory Drug Arrest

More details have been released in the arrest of 31-year-old Sharia Dannette Hoover of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory, first reported last week on WHKY. Hoover was arrested last Tuesday (December 23) by Hickory Police on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

She was arrested late last Tuesday night when Officers on foot patrol responded to calls regarding possible drug violations on the 400 block of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Police went to a residence where they detected the strong odor of marijuana.

Officers saw contraband in plain view, including two crack rocks weighing 0.3 grams, two marijuana cigarettes, a baggie containing marijuana cigarettes and two additional bags containing marijuana. Some paraphernalia and scales were also found.

Hoover was taken into custody without incident at about 11:35 p.m. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 5 in Newton.

More details have been released in the arrest of 26-year-old Caleb Gene Rogers of Dragstrip Road in Hudson. He was arrested on Christmas morning by Hickory Police on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle and felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Rogers was also charged on felony warrants from Caldwell County issued in November for breaking & entering, larceny of a firearm and larceny after breaking & entering.

At about 8:45 Christmas morning, Police responded to reports of a stolen vehicle on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. The owner of a 2007 Saturn Ion was able to locate the vehicle using the vehicle’s OnStar system as it traveled south on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Police stopped the vehicle in the parking lot at Toys-R-Us on Highway 70 S.E. where they took Rogers into custody.

The Saturn was recovered and returned to its owner.

Following his arrest, Rogers was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for January 5.

48-year-old Terry Lee Smith and 24-year-old Jessica Lynn Clark, both of Hauss Road in Lincolnton, were arrested Friday (December 26) by Lincolnton Police. Smith was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and Clark was charged with aiding & abetting robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Early Friday morning, Lincolnton Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Little Market Basket store on East Main Street in Lincolnton. The suspects were identified as a black male and a white female.

Upon further investigation, Officers found two persons matching the suspect description in the Oak Lawn community. The suspects were identified as Terry Lee Smith and Jessica Lynn Clark. The two were subsequently arrested by Sgt. Brandon Hunsucker and Officer Tiffany Cline.

Both suspects were placed in the Lincoln County Jail where they were each held under a $40,000 secured bond. First appearances in Lincoln County District Court were set for today (December 29).

Smith has previous convictions for felony breaking & entering, assault & battery, resisting a public officer, assault on a female, communicating threats, second-degree trespass, discharging a firearm in the city limits, D.W.I. and other traffic related offenses. Clark has previous convictions for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, sale or delivery of a schedule III controlled substance, first-degree trespass, shoplifting and larceny.

47-year-old James Richard Linebarger of Gina Lane in Taylorsville was arrested last Wednesday afternoon (December 24) by Hickory Police on 14 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. The warrants for his arrest were issued in Alexander County. Following his arrest, Linebarger was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. Linebarger was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 29) in Taylorsville.

Monday, 29 December 2014 10:53

Claremont Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

26-year-old Casey Lee Little of Golden Lane in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 Saturday night (December 27) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. Following his arrest, Little was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 5 in Newton.

26-year-old John Edward Riedel of East Herman Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late Saturday night (December 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers spotted two people in a vehicle in the parking lot at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on the 800 block of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory. Riedel was the driver. A search revealed 0.3 grams of crystal meth and a pipe on Riedel’s person.

Riedel was taken into custody without incident. The passenger was not charged. Riedel was processed and later released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. He will appear in District Court on January 5 in Newton.

Monday, 29 December 2014 10:24

Catawba County Recycling Christmas Trees

Catawba County's Landfill staff, in cooperation with Republic Services, will collect Christmas trees and other natural decorations at all five of the county’s solid waste convenience centers through January 31 and at curbsides starting today (December 29) through January 26. No ornaments, bases or other decorations should be left on trees.

Customers with regular curbside solid waste collection should put their used Christmas trees out on their regular garbage pickup day. A separate truck will come to recycle the trees. Residents will have several opportunities to recycle their trees from December 29 through January 26.

After adjusting its schedule last week for the Christmas holiday, Republic Services is again operating on a regular schedule as of today (Monday, December 29).

Some municipalities in Catawba County are again handling tree pickup separately within their boundaries, so residents of municipalities should check with the government office in their city or town to be sure of the schedule and procedure they should use.

The county’s five solid waste convenience centers are located on Rocky Ford Road off Highway 10 West in Newton (across from the Blackburn Landfill); on Bethany Church Road in Newton; in the Cooksville Community on Rhoney Farm Road; in the Oxford Community on Lookout Dam Road; and on Sherrills Ford Road. Christmas trees are also accepted at the Blackburn Construction & Demolition Landfill.

For more information, visit the county’s solid waste website at www.catawbacountync.gov/ue/solwasmg.asp.

Monday, 22 December 2014 13:51

CVCC Scholarship Renamed

Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., recently announced that a scholarship given annually by the Shuford Federal Credit Union is being renamed the SCU Bruce A. Blackburn Scholarship. The scholarship honors Blackburn’s service as chairman of the Shuford Credit Union board of directors and his passion for investment in education.

During a Christmas gathering of staff and board members earlier this month, Mr. Blackburn was presented a clock plaque officially changing the name of the scholarship.

Monday, 22 December 2014 13:18

Hickory Fire Dept. Announces New Hire

The Hickory Fire Department recently hired Justin Sigman as a Fire Mechanic. Prior to employment with the department, Justin worked at the Mack Dealership for three years. He has several years experience working on vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks and diesel performance equipment.  

In 2011, Sigman graduated with an Associate Degree in Diesel Technician Training from Lincoln College of Technology in Nashville, Tennessee. Sigman has also completed the Mack Master’s program through Mack trucks. He has earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence certification.

Sigman will be working in the Fire Maintenance Facility located on Sweetwater Road behind Fire Station #5.  

Sigman is engaged to Erin Michaud.