31-year-old Crystal Diamanta Linebarger of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (July 26) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was initially arrested and charged in November of 2014 in connection to an assault that occurred at a convenience store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory, near Long View.

Linebarger was taken into custody at about 12:20 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

33-year-old Javariss O’Brien Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 26) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was also charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, possessing or displaying an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license; failure to surrender a title, registration card or tag; and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond.  Appearances in District Court were set for today and August 14 in Newton.

Caldwell Co. Public Health Director Denise Michaud will retire, effective August 1.  Ms. Michaud has worked in public health for 28 years.  During her time at Caldwell County Health Department, she was a Public Health Nutritionist, Nutrition Program Director and Assistant Health Director before becoming Public Health Director in 2005.

During her time at Caldwell County Health Department, Ms. Michaud was a member of the Western North Carolina Public Health Association, the North Carolina Public Health Association, the International Lactation Consultant Association, the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, the National Association of City & County Health Officials and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.  She was also on the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force and the N.C. Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Review Committee, and she was appointed to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council by former Governor Pat McCrory.

In 1992, Ms. Michaud was awarded the Western North Carolina Public Health Association Nutritionist of the Year.  In 2004, she was Caldwell County Health Department’s Employee of the Year.

Ms. Michaud started her career at the N.C. Department of Agriculture.  She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

25-year-old Justin Anthony Ferguson of Clydannie Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 24) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Ferguson is wanted in Clay County, Florida for lewd or lascivious battery with a minor.  The alleged crimes took place on January 20 and February 4 of this year.  Warrants for his arrest were issued by the Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office in Green Cove Springs.

Following his arrest, Ferguson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

In Burke County Superior Court last Thursday (July 20), 46-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Morganton was given an active prison term of three-to-five years for fleeing to elude arrest.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.  He’ll serve his prison term in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.  

The defendant had previously been convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in June 1990; sale or delivery of cocaine in October 1996; and using or carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime in October 2000.

O’Neil’s sentence Thursday was the result of a January 2017 incident in which NCDMV Investigator Aaron Carver saw a motorcycle driven by O’Neil traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic.  The motorcycle traveled more than 100 MPH in a 55 MPH zone and ran multiple stoplights.  It also reached speeds of 80-to-90 MPH in a 25 MPH school zone while school was in session.  In addition, O’Neil passed a stopped school bus while students were boarding.

The defendant eventually attempted to pass a State Trooper on the side of the road, but struck a fire hydrant and came to a halt.  After a brief foot pursuit, O’Neil was taken into custody.

Carver investigated the case for the NCDMV.  Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis handled the prosecution for the state.

51-year-old Mark Anthony Carmon of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 a.m. today (July 25) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault.

His arrest comes in connection to an assault that occurred on July 11 at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  The incident was reported on July 14.

Carmon was taken into custody at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond.  A District Court date was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Carmon’s criminal history includes convictions on at least three counts of assault in Forsythe County in 2015 and 2001, as well as common law robbery convictions in Forsythe County in 2006 and in Craven County in 1990.

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred last night (July 24) on Union Square in downtown Hickory.  A 51-year-old male victim was shot in the arm after a confrontation on the square.  A potential Hispanic suspect has not been identified at this time.  The victim was treated and released at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  The incident was reported at about two o’clock this morning.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

19-year-old Taren Ashley Hairston of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 11:30 last night (July 24) for failure to appear on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  

She was initially charged in March 2016, along with 20-year-old Carlos Car’tre Ikard.  The two were arrested after 1.1 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of MDMA (or, ecstasy) and 14.2 grams of marijuana were located during and investigative vehicle stop.  The failure to appear warrants for Hairston’s arrest were issued in November of 2016.

Hairston was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond.  She will appear in Superior Court on September 5 in Newton.

Starting at eight o’clock Wednesday morning (July 26), a section of Riverside Drive from Pearson Drive to Montrose Street in Morganton will be closed to through traffic.  Contractors will cut down trees at 202 Riverside Drive where the trees have grown into telephone, electric and cable lines.

CoMPAS Cable and electric services on Riverside Drive may be interrupted as the work takes place, but city staff will attempt to keep outages to a minimum.  Residents will be able to get in and out of their driveways, as needed.

Contractors hope to complete the work Wednesday, but there is the possibility it could carry over to Thursday morning.

57-year-old James Edward Hayes of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Saturday morning (July 22) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hayes was arrested in connection to an incident on July 17 when Police conducted an investigation at Hayes’ residence after they were contacted by Officers with Probation & Parole.  During a search of the residence, Officers found 9.3 grams of a crystal-like substance, 0.5 grams of a white powder substance and drug paraphernalia.  No arrests were made on that date.  Warrants were issued on July 20.

Hayes was taken into custody without incident Saturday at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,500, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 24) in Newton.

Arrest warrants are outstanding for additional subjects.

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