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35-year-old Heather Marie Harrelson of Bost Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She is charged with felony breaking & entering. She also faces one count of felony larceny after breaking & entering. Following her arrest, Harrelson was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in District Court on January 12 in Lenoir.

24-year-old Aaron Thomas Annas of McCall Town Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count of possession of marijuana. Following his arrest, Annas was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance in Lenoir is scheduled for February 17.

On Tuesday, December 9, the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte reported injuries to a two-month-old female infant. The Granite Falls Police Department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the Caldwell Co. Dept. of Social Services have launched an investigation into the incident.

Authorities are working to determine if the injuries are accidental or intentional. Law enforcement and social services personnel are also trying to determine where the infant sustained the injuries.

The infant remains in critical condition. She has six broken ribs, a broken leg and a head injury.

The infant lives on Grassy Brook Place with her mother, 19-year-old Cierra Diamond Coffey.

47-year-old Richard Allen Moore of Winston-Salem has been arrested in Watauga County on charges of felony attempted breaking & entering, felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor first-degree trespassing and misdemeanor injury to real property.

Moore was arrested after Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Deputies and Boone Police responded to New River Building Supply on Highway 105 South in reference to a B&E in progress. An employee working after hours heard glass being broken in the building and saw someone wearing a black jacket and a black beanie cap. When Officers arrived, a window was found broken out near a loading dock and a hammer was found near the window.

Officers set up a perimeter and located the suspect in the bushes behind New River Building Supply, in the area of the Dewey Wright Well & Pump Company. The suspect’s vehicle was found in a vacant lot at the intersection of Highway 105 and the 105 By-pass.

Richard Allen Moore was taken into custody. A records check indicated that Moore was also wanted in Georgetown, South Carolina for second-degree burglary.

Moore was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date in Boone was set for January 22.

32-year-old Phalen Devon Izard of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (December 14) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving. Warrants for the firearms charges were issued in September and the vehicular charges were from warrants dated December 12.

He was taken into custody without incident at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. Izard has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $72,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:00

Safecracking Arrest Made in Iredell County

22-year-old Justus Paul McCracken has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony safe cracking and misdemeanor larceny.

On November 29, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the contents of a small safe and jewelry that were stolen from a residence on Ostwalt Amity Road in Troutman. The safe, which contained a variety of paper work and collectable coins, was sitting in the open in a bedroom. The stolen property had an estimated value of $650.

An investigation led to the identification of a temporary houseguest as a suspect. Deputies went to the suspect’s last known address and found it to be vacant. A search of the property turned up evidence that linked the suspect to the crime. Based on that evidence, warrants were issued for McCracken’s arrest.

McCracken was taken into custody on December 6. He was given a $7,500 secured bond with a court date in Statesville set for December 29.

“Almost, Maine” by John Cariani will be staged at the SALT Block Auditorium in Hickory on January 15, 16 & 17 at 8 p.m. each night. The play was previously slated for production at Maiden High School before administrators canceled the production in October.

“Almost, Maine,” which is the most-produced play in American high schools, was canceled after a local church persuaded the principal to do so because of the script’s sexually explicit undertones. Following that decision, the students began to work with former Catawba County drama teacher Carmen Eckard, who organized a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $6,500. Local attorney, actor and director Bill Morgan signed on as director, alongside student director Conner Baker.

The cast is comprised of: Nathaniel Shoun, Jonathan Bates, Ruby Osorio, Blake Richardson, Lilli France, Conner Baker, Winston Lee, Carlee Lemmond, Ci-Ci Pinson and Daniel White.

The production team is working with OutRight Youth Catawba and the United Arts Council of Catawba County, where all extra Kickstarter funds will be donated. The United Arts Council of Catawba County will host the production in January.

Anyone interested in advertising should contact Carmeneckard@gmail.com. Additional information is posted on the cast’s site: http://almostmaiden.com.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police have released more images of the suspects involved in an attempted larceny at the Boone Wal-Mart on Watauga Village Drive. Authorities believe the same suspects may have been involved in recent larcenies at Wal-Mart stores in Lenoir and Conover.

The incident in Boone occurred on December 3 when an unidentified African-American male attempted to steal a large amount of merchandise from the store. The man was dressed in green, military BDU-style pants, a black hoodie and a black toboggan. Authorities believe the suspect was assisted by an unknown subject or subjects driving a white sedan.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125; or call Boone Police at 828-268-6900. High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information that leads to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons.

19-year-old William Francis Grubb of Hopewell Church Road, Boone was arrested by Boone Police Saturday (December 13) on one felony count each of abduction of a child, indecent liberties with a minor, kidnapping and indecent exposure.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Boone Police responded to a reported child abduction at Michael’s arts & crafts store on Watauga Village Drive. While shopping in the store, a family realized their five-year-old daughter was no longer with them. After searching for her, the family found her inside the store. They learned that the child had been lured into the bathroom by a person later identified as William Francis Grubb.

Grubb left the store before Police arrived, but Officers quickly located him nearby. Investigators believe there may be other situations in which Grubb has lured children away from their parents in an attempt to gain sexual gratification.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sergeant Osborne at the Boone Police Department, 828-268-6900. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

Following his arrest, Grubb was jailed in the Watauga County Detention Center where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in Watauga District Court was set for today (December 15) in Boone.

According to fire officials, four horses were killed in a Burke County barn fire on Friday (December 12). Published reports say the fire started at a barn in Hildebran just before 5 p.m. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No further details are available.