Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 31-year-old Alvin Dewayne Moore, Jr. of Ben McLain Lane in Stanley. Mr. Moore has been missing since November 11.

Around 10:30 a.m. on the eleventh, Deputies went to Moore’s residence to serve involuntary commitment papers taken out by his grandmother. When Officers arrived, Moore ran from the residence. Deputies left the residence.

At 5:30 p.m. on the same date, a family member called the Communications Center to report that Mr. Moore was back at home, but he again ran from the scene before Officers arrived. Moore was entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a missing person the next day. Mr. Moore is on medication for psychological problems, but has not been taking his medication as he should, according to his family.

He was last seen on November 11 walking south on Highway 16 in Gaston County. He was wearing a navy blue t-shirt, a white fleece jacket with a hood and camo-style pants.   He also had on a blue cap with a dollar sign symbol on the front.

Moore is a black male, six feet tall, weighing about 225 pounds. He has a bald spot on top of his head.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Alvin Dewayne Moore, Jr. should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

35-year-old James Anthony Foust of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:25 Friday afternoon (November 13) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the area of 5th Street S.E. and “F” Avenue S.E. observed what appeared to be a drug transaction. Officers approached two male subjects. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 0.4 grams of crack cocaine and 4.1 grams of marijuana on Foust’s person. The other man was not charged.

Foust was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (November 16) in Newton.

49-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment Friday (November 13) by Hickory Police on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

The indictment stems from an incident in April of this year in which Police attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of 2nd Street S.E. and 11th Avenue Drive S.E. The vehicle sped away and a chase ensued, coming to an end at 7th Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W.

A passenger in the front seat threw an object from the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Three subjects were arrested, including Dillard, who was the driver.

The indictment was served when Dillard was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Friday night at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for November 20 in Newton.

17-year-old Maurisha Jalia LaQuagia Brown of Mayfair Drive, 17-year-old Julius Quinton Carson of 18th Street Place N.W. and 18-year-old Tavior Shawnte Imes of 3rd Street S.W., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday (November 15). They were each charged with felony attempted breaking & entering. Brown was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, while Carson faces an additional felony count of preparation to commit burglary and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested when Police responded to a break-in in progress at the Georgetown Apartment complex on the 200 block of 6th Street S.W. in Hickory. Brown and Imes were detained on the scene. Upon arrival, Officers received information that a third suspect, Julius Carson, had fled the scene on foot. He was quickly spotted and taken into custody on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue S.W.

All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Brown and Imes set at $7,000, secured. Carson was given an $8,000 secured bond. All three were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

A fundraiser to benefit local foster children will be held at Crescent Moon in downtown Hickory on December 5 from noon until 8 p.m. Several local breweries have donated craft beers for the event, which is entitled “Wish Upon the Moon.” Those in attendance may also bid on items from area merchants at a silent auction.

Crescent Moon is located at 256 1st Avenue N.W. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Catawba Valley Guardian ad Litem Association. All donations are tax deductible. Additional donations may be made through cvgal.org/donate.

The Catawba Valley Guardian ad Litem Association seeks to provide trained, independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in the state court system and to work towards a plan that ensures that those children are in a safe permanent home.

41-year-old David Stephen Habdas of Old Pond Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one felony count of unlawfully obtaining a credit card. He was also charged by Lincolnton Police with two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

Habdas is accused of stealing his mother’s credit card and using it at several locations in Lincolnton. He allegedly used the card to obtain goods and services from Wal-Mart and the Hampton Inn on October 29 & 30.

He was charged by Detective Richard Calhoun and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $13,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 24.

On November 17, the Hickory Police Department will roll out a new program called the Law Enforcement Special Needs Registry. The program is designed to assist Officers during contacts with people in the community who have various disabilities, such as autism, schizophrenia, dementia, deafness or other mental and developmental disabilities.

The program is voluntary. It allows parents and caregivers or adults with special needs to give vital information, such as emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptors, known routines and other information pertinent to handling an emergency involving the registered individual.

Open enrollment will be held at Police headquarters on November 17 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participants interested in enrolling after that date should contact Chrystal Dieter to schedule an appointment. Call 828-261-2600 or email cdieter@hickorync.gov.

21-year-old Chandler Brad Harrison of Alf Hoover Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one felony count each of maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, sale & delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property and sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while impaired, a safe movement violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday (November 12), the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit arrested a Vale man for selling drugs near West Lincoln High School. According to Detectives, the suspect sold hydroponic marijuana during school hours within feet of the school. Detectives observed a transaction and seized over an ounce of hydroponic marijuana shortly thereafter. The drugs were not sold at the school, nor were any students involved.

Information obtained during the seizure allowed Detectives to conduct another surveillance operation yesterday on Highway 321, near the Maiden Highway exit. Detectives spotted a vehicle similar to the one Harrison was driving during the transaction near the school. Detectives briefly followed the vehicle and then stopped it due to erratic driving. Detectives approached and noticed that Harrison appeared to be impaired. They searched the vehicle and seized a half-pound of hydroponic marijuana.

The marijuana seized was worth about $2,400, depending on how it is sold.

Harrison was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 13 November 2015 09:25

GKN Sinter Metals to Expand in Conover

GKN Sinter Metals, LLC will expand in Catawba County. The company plans to create 55 new manufacturing jobs in the next five years and invest $19.8 million in Conover to expand its state-of-the art aluminum manufacturing facility.

GKN Sinter Metals is part of the GKN Powder Metallurgy division of GKN PLC. GKN PLC is a global engineering group with four operating divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems. GKN employs more than 55,000 people globally and operates in more than 30 countries.

GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading supplier of powder metal precision automotive and industrial components. The GKN Driveline division also operates multiple manufacturing facilities in North Carolina. The GKN family of companies employs more than 2,500 people in North Carolina, GKN’s largest workforce in any U.S. state.

Salaries for the new jobs vary by position, but the average annual salary of the new jobs will be $46,078.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $109,500.

25-year-old Daniel Robert Williamson of Conover will not face the death penalty for the September shooting death of Michael Anthony Beltran.

Prosecutors for the State announced today (November 12) they will not pursue the case as a capital matter. Scott Reilly represents Williamson, who faces charges for murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

On September 9 of this year, Williamson was involved in a double shooting that left Betran dead and hospitalized 28-year-old Lisa Vanhoogen with gunshot wounds. Just after 9 p.m., Conover Police responded to the incident at 609 Third Street Place S.W. where they found Beltran deceased and Vanhoogen injured. Police say Williamson knew the victims and allegedly shot them inside the home with a handgun.

Williamson remains incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond. A bond hearing is scheduled for November 30.