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35-year-old Alan Clark Dorsey of Starlight Drive in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 16) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.

He was arrested after Investigators received information that a drug transaction would take place in a business parking lot on Center Drive in Lincolnton. Investigators observed the drug-related activity and placed Dorsey under arrest. Officers seized $1,800 in cash and two pounds of marijuana valued at $1,800 to $2,800, depending on how it’s packaged for sale.

Dorsey was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

27-year-old William David Pope of Camp Meeting Road in Connelly Springs, 45-year-old Jackie Neil Workman of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs and 44-year-old Allen Lee Henson of Lauren Creek Street in Morganton have all been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. All three were charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Pope and Henson were also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Pope faces misdemeanor charges for possession with intent to manufacture a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Workman was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Operating on tips from the public, Narcotics Investigators made the arrests yesterday (April 16) after setting up surveillance on the parking lot at the Halfway Supply store on Highway 18 in Vale. They saw three vehicles pull into the parking lot. An individual from one of the vehicles carried a package to another vehicle. Officers moved in and seized more than three ounces of methamphetamine and some cash.

All three suspects were taken into custody and jailed with bond for each set at $50,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.

More details were released regarding the arrest of 21-year-old Vantrail Jamon Swain of 7th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was charged early yesterday morning (April 16) with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.

According to a Hickory Police spokesperson, Officers responded to domestic dispute at the residence where Swain had allegedly pointed a gun. No shots were fired.  A Ruger handgun that had been reported stolen was found on the premises. The victim was not injured.

Swain was taken into custody without incident at 5:05 a.m. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 17 April 2015 11:53

Burke County Woman Found Deceased

Authorities have located the body of 39-year-old Leslie Renee Hensley, who was from the Clark Loop area in Burke County.

At about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (April 16), the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office was asked to check on Ms. Hensley’s well-being. After working through the night, in conjunction with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Rutherford Co. Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Hensley’s body was found at about 6:30 this morning in a neighboring county.

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the S.B.I. are continuing to interview witnesses and persons of interest. The investigation is ongoing. No additional information is available.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to release an updated statement on the case Monday afternoon.

A westbound Norfolk Southern train hit a parked vehicle near the courthouse in downtown Hickory at about 9:20 this morning (April 17). A white Ford Focus was parked too close to the train tracks in the gravel area on the north side of the tracks. The train pushed the Ford into a white Toyota Camry. Neither vehicle was occupied at the time of the collision and no one was injured.

Hickory Police say the driver of the Ford was likely inside the Hickory courthouse, across the street. WHKY spoke to the driver of the Toyota, who said she had dropped a friend off at the courthouse that morning. Neither vehicle was in drivable condition following the accident.

According to Police, the gravel area on either side of the track is a right-of-way for the railroad and should not be used for parking; however, quite a few vehicles routinely park in those areas when marked spaces are filled.

The scene was cleared and the train was underway between 10:30 and 11 this morning.

21-year-old Vantrail Jamon Swain of 7th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after five o’clock this morning (April 16) one one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. Swain will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

38-year-old Kristi Dawn Bolick of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:25 yesterday afternoon (April 15) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants for her arrest were issued on April 5 &10.

Bolick was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. She has since been released. She was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow in Newton. Bolick also has Catawba County court dates on May 7 for felony uttering a forged instrument and felony probation violations and on May 12 for a variety of vehicular offenses.

49-year-old Joseph Martin Suddreth of Clarence Place in Hickory was arrested yesterday (April 15) by Officers with Caldwell County’s I.C.E. Unit on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor driving without a license.

Suddreth was stopped in Lenoir for driving his 1994 Nissan Pathfinder without a license. I.C.E. Agents conducted a search of the vehicle and found a package containing just under an ounce of powder cocaine. Suddreth was subsequently taken into custody. Agents seized his vehicle and $110 cash. The cocaine was of high quality and has a potential street value of $5,000, according to North Carolina drug guidelines. Agents say Suddreth had been on their radar for some time.

Following his arrest, Suddreth was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $9,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

21-year-old Trent Warren Temple of Johnson Bridge Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday (April 15) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a drug complaint at the Bourbon Street Club on Main Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Officers spoke to Temple and were given consent to search his person. In his front left pocket, they found a bag containing 6.1 grams of cocaine and $890.

Temple was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

24-year-old Jonathan Edward Safley of Valley Springs Drive in the Olin community in Iredell County has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, as well as two counts of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

His arrest was the result of a two-month surveillance and undercover operation conducted by the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Unit. Officers were investigating the sale and delivery of prescription medications in the Harmony and north Iredell County areas.

A search warrant was executed at Safley’s residence Wednesday evening (April 15). Prescription medications were found, along with marked undercover funds that had been used during the investigation to purchase the medications.

Safley was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.