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33-year-old Donte Rassan Gore of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (April 26) on three felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from 2015 for indecent exposure and he faces a current charge of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The drug charges date back to August 9, 2015 when H.P.D. responded to an apartment complex on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in reference to a suspicious person walking behind the building. Officers saw a man matching the description leaving the scene in a vehicle.

Officers stopped the vehicle and saw a plastic bag containing what appeared to be a controlled substance in the passenger seat. Donte Gore, the vehicle’s only occupant, was searched, leading to the discovery of a baggie containing eight Oxycodone pills. The bag in the vehicle tested positive for meth. During the booking process, another bag containing meth was found on Gore’s person. In all, 29.6 grams of meth were found and seized.

Gore was taken into custody at about 12:10 this morning on the 1100 block of Highland Avenue N.E. He initially gave Police a false name and attempted to flee on foot, resulting in the resisting charge. Following his arrest, Gore was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $125,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today, with District Court dates coming up on May 10 and May 12.

35-year-old Winter Ruth Wells of N.W. Prospect Street in Lenoir has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County for a felony probation violation. She is on probation as the result of a conviction in Caldwell County last November for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Following her arrest yesterday (April 25), Wells was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $40,000, secured. She will appear in Superior Court on May 2 in Lenoir.

32-year-old Airel Rebecca Bolick of Union Grove Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 25) on charges of assault on a handicapped person, resisting a public officer and interfering with emergency communications.

Following her arrest, Bolick was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 24 in Lenoir.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects who fled from Officers yesterday (April 25).

Around 12:23 Monday afternoon, Deputies with the Sheriff’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement team were watching traffic in the area of I-77 when a vehicle passed their position at a very high rate of speed. Deputies attempted to keep the vehicle in sight while calling for additional units.

The suspects wrecked the car near the intersection of Mt. Bethel Road and Old Mocksville Road. The suspects then fled the area on foot as Deputies arrived on the scene. A perimeter was established and K-9s from the Sheriff’s Office were used in an attempt to track the suspects. After an intense ground and air search, the suspects were not found.

One of the suspects was described as an unknown black male with dreadlocks wearing a white shirt.

Anyone with information should contact Major Todd Carver at 704-878-3100.

26-year-old Michelle Lee Alpi of Timberlake Lane in Lincolnton, who had been reported missing on April 22, was located yesterday (April 25) in eastern Lincoln County. She has been charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives developed leads over the weekend that led them to the residence of Jeffrey Lee Nolen, Jr. on the 6100 block of Nolen Acres Lane in Iron Station. Alpi was found at the residence. She was also found to be in possession of heroin. Nolen was wanted in Charlotte on felony larceny charges. He was turned over to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Alpi was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today (April 26).

At 12:56 Monday afternoon (April 25), the Boone Police Department, the Boone Fire Department, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to an airplane crash at the Boone Golf Course. The small plane took off from the Boone Airport moments before the crash.

Witnesses on the golf course said the plane appeared to be in distress prior to the crash. It clipped the tops of some trees and then crashed on the golf course. Two witnesses were able to assist two victims from the downed plane. 69-year-old Benjamin “Ben” Franklin Chappell of Boone was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Mr. Chappell was a retired Trooper with the N.C. State Highway Patrol, stationed in Watauga County.

The surviving occupants are 68-year-old John Field Worsley, II of Lenoir and 43-year-old Steven Cox Berry of Banner Elk. As of late Monday night, Mr. Worsley and Mr. Berry were listed in critical condition at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. One of the two men was initially flown to Johnson City, Tennessee before being transported to Baptist.

The Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) has been on the scene since Monday afternoon. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) are expected to begin their investigation this morning (April 26). Boone Police conducted the initial investigation and will assist the F.A.A. and the N.T.S.B.

Authorities in Burke County are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 56-year-old Richard Dale Triplett, whose last known address is on Edwards Circle in Connelly Springs.

Mr. Triplett was reported missing on April 19 by a family member. The reporting party told the Burke County Sheriff’s Office the last time they made contact with Mr. Triplett was at about 9:15 a.m. on April 17.   On April 18, the same family member contacted Triplett’s supervisor and learned that Triplett had called into work, stating that he was ill and would not be at work that day. No further contact has been made with Richard Triplett since April 17.

Mr. Triplett is a white male, with brown hair and green eyes. He is 5’11” tall and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Richard Dale Triplett should contact the Burke County Emergency Communication Center at 828-438-5500 or the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 828-764-9505.

31-year-old David Robert Masten of Stonebridge Drive in Morganton has been arrested by authorities in Burke County on charges originating in Caldwell County. He is charged with three counts of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, four counts of failure to appear on a probation violation & driving while license revoked; two counts of failure to appear for no inspection and operating a vehicle with no insurance; two counts of failure to appear for driving or allowing a vehicle to be driven with no registration and an unsafe tire violation; and failure to appear for a fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag and a canceled, revoked or suspended certificate or tag.

Following his arrest on Friday (April 22), Masten was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $29,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 25) in Lenoir, with additional court dates coming up on May 16 and June 7.

The 1st Annual Taylorsville Apple Blossom Festival will be held on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds above operating costs will go the Needy Children’s Benevolence Funds in 11 Alexander County schools.

The festival will showcase agriculture in the community through various contests and events. Numerous food, craft, novelty, home improvement, non-profit and informational vendors will be on hand. The festival will also feature a tractor show, two entertainment stages, the Spring-O-Mania Kids Zone, train rides, hay rides, cow pie bingo, a cow milking contest and the “Colors of Spring” 5K Color Fun Run (hosted by the Alexander County YMCA).

More events and attractions will be added throughout the spring. More information is available at www.alexandercountyonline.com/applefestival and on Facebook. The festival’s organizers may be reached at taylorsvilleapplefestival@yahoo.com, 828-632-2999 or 828-578-3159.

35-year-old Charles Thomas Alexander of Zebbie Drive in Casar, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 23) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Spartanburg County, S.C. for a probation violation.

Alexander was taken into custody without incident at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond with an appearance in District Court scheduled for today (April 25) in Newton.