34-year-old Shannon Nichole Linebarger of Old Farm Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (March 14) for felony failure to appear on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and the sale of meth.

Linebarger was taken into custody without incident at 2:10 a.m. yesterday on the 1300 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A Superior Court date was set for May 1.

45-year-old Derrick Christopher “Moose” Mayfield of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 yesterday morning (March 14) on five felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.  The warrants for his arrest were initially issued last year on August 2, August 17, August 31, September 13 and October 3.

Mayfield was taken into custody without incident at a residence on Blue Sky Court, just off of Robinson Road in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

The N.C. Department of Transportation making plans to expand N.C. Highway 150 from two lanes to a multi-lane roadway between the N.C. 16 Bypass in Catawba County and the U.S. 21/N.C. 150 interchange in Iredell County.

In February, a meeting was held involving state and federal agencies to review the proposed project and evaluate potential effects to the Historic Terrell District, an area comprised of 11 buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Under federal law, the area is provided special protection.

The project team reviewed two proposed alternatives.  The first alternative would have had adverse effects to the historic district.  The second alternative was selected, bypassing the historic district to the north.

Public hearing maps for the project can be viewed on the NCDOT website.  For more information, contact Karen Reynolds, NCDOT Project Manager, at 919-707-6038 or kreynolds@ncdot.gov.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle used in a vehicle break-in at a Lincoln County business.

On Monday (March 13), Deputies responded a business on East Powell Drive where an employee’s vehicle had been broken into.  The victim said he arrived at work at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.  After completing his assignment, he went back out to his vehicle where he found the radio had been stolen.

Surveillance video shows a white pick-up truck as it pulled onto the property through a rear entrance.  The suspect, who was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and tan boots, got out of the vehicle and pulled on the door handles of two other vehicles in the parking area.  Those vehicles were locked.  He tried the door on the victim’s vehicle, which opened.  The suspect was in the vehicle for a short period of time before leaving with a Kenwood radio.

The suspect vehicle is described as an extended cab truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevrolet.  The truck is white with black or dark gray trim around the bottom of the cab.  It appears to have flared rear fenders and an unspecified emblem on the driver’s side door.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in, the truck or its driver should call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

27-year-old Michael Leon Travis of Oakwood Avenue in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eight o’clock last night (March 13) on one felony count each of forgery of endorsement and identity theft, plus one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

On March 9, Travis allegedly attempted to use false identification to cash a check made out to another individual by signing that person’s name.  The incident occurred at Capital Bank on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  Bank officials reported the forgery and identity theft to Police.  Travis was no longer at the bank when Officers arrived.  

Warrants were issued yesterday and Travis was taken into custody without incident at a service station on Fairgrove Church Road.  He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured.  He has since been released.  Travis was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

34-year-old Donte Rassan Gore of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (March 13) on one count of failure to appear on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, plus a felony probation violation.

Events leading to his arrest began on September 16 of last year.  At that time, Hickory Police were contacted by Lenoir-Rhyne University Security in reference to a suspicious vehicle.  Officers checked the vehicle registration and determined that it had been reported for unauthorized use.  

Police found the vehicle in front of Isenhour Hall, but as Officers approached, the vehicle pulled away.  A brief chase ensued, which was terminated on 8th Avenue N.E. near Highland Avenue out of concern for public safety.  

The vehicle was again located in a parking lot on Highland Avenue N.E.  It was unoccupied and the suspect was not found at the scene.  Warrants were issued for the suspect’s arrest.  Donte Rassan Gore was initially arrested on September 22.

Gore was taken into custody without incident last night at a residence on Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory.  The Department of Probation & Parole was listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.  Gore was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond.  He will appear in Superior Court on March 20 and in District Court on May 3.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Harley Daniel Justice. Justice is wanted on a Governors Warrant from the State of Virginia for a probation violation. Justice is a white male. He is 5’11” tall, weighing 150 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Harley Daniel Justice should call Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:47

Power Outage in N.W. Morganton

A power outage at nine o’clock this morning (March 14) left 875 customers without electricity on the northwest side of Morganton. Personnel with the city’s Electric Services Department believes a squirrel interfered with some equipment, causing the outage. As of 9:30 a.m., crews were assessing the damage. Repairs are underway.

Call 828-438-5277 for more information.

24-year-old Tanquvious Lachelle Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:40 Friday morning (March 10) on one felony count each of common law robbery and breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

He was arrested in connection to an incident earlier this year in which Officers responded to a reported civil disturbance at a residence on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the brother of the victim had taken her vehicle and cell phone. Later on the same day, the vehicle and items were returned. Warrants for Williams’ arrest were issued on February 16.

Williams was taken into custody without incident Friday on Tate Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $26,500, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 13) in Newton.

46-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 11) on three felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.  He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Events leading to his arrest began when Officers responded to the Crescent Moon Café in reference to three breaking & entering and larceny events that occurred on November 23 and December 7 of last year.  Among the items taken were beer and a push mower.

After a review of surveillance, the suspect was identified as Thaddeus McKinney.  Warrants for his arrest were issued.

McKinney was taken into custody at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on North Center Street in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today (March 16) in Newton.

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