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28-year-old James William Jenkins IV of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police yesterday (January 31) on charges of burning personal property and injury to real property.

Late Saturday night (January 30) and early Sunday morning, Lincolnton Police responded to domestic disturbances at an address on South Aspen Street in Lincolnton. Officers spoke with the victim, who said her husband, James William Jenkins IV, had damaged her vehicle and residence by striking it with his vehicle, causing substantial damage.

A warrant was issued and Jenkins was arrested at his parents’ residence. Jenkins was taken before a Magistrate and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond.

A short time later Sunday morning, Officers again responded to the victim’s residence to assist Lincolnton Firefighters with a vehicle fire. Police arrived to find Firefighters extinguishing the victim’s vehicle, which was on fire. They found Jenkins in the driveway, suffering from minor injuries and receiving treatment from Lincoln County E.M.S. Jenkins’ vehicle was also at the residence. E.M.S. transported Jenkins to Carolinas Healthcare System (Lincoln) for his injuries.

Another warrant was issued for felony burning of personal property. Jenkins was arrested after he was treated and released from the emergency room. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court was set for today (February 1).

41-year-old Robert Keith Martin of Roby Lane in Taylorsville and 24-year-old Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop of Tron Avenue in Valdese were both arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning. Martin was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, while Waldrop was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.

They were arrested in connection to the theft of a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo that was reported stolen on January 29. Police spotted the vehicle yesterday while on patrol in the area of Highway 70 S.W. and 4th Street Drive S.W. Waldrop was the driver and Martin was a passenger in the front seat.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a digital scale, unloaded syringes, Seroquel and Fluoxetine. Seroquel is an antipsychotic and Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia and panic disorder.

Waldrop and Martin were both were taken into custody without incident shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. The two were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 1) in Newton.

44-year-old Jacquelyn Elizabeth Counts of 2nd Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 29) on an outstanding warrant for felony unlawfully obtaining a financial card. The warrant was issued in September of last year.

She was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. when Police conducted a traffic stop on 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. A K-9 Officer led to the discovery of 2.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A routine records check revealed the outstanding warrant. Counts was issued citations for the marijuana, the paraphernalia and for driving while license revoked. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500 secured bond. A District Court date in Newton was set for March 9.

25-year-old Jonathon Allen Rudisill of Woodvale Street in Cherryville was arrested by Lincolnton Police today (January 29) on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance in a detention facility, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early this morning Lincolnton Police Officer Derek Thom saw a suspicious person in the area of East Main Street and Salem Church Road. Officer Thom identified the person as Jonathon Rudisill. The Officer found drug paraphernalia on Rudisill’s person, including needles, straws, spoons, razor blades, pipes and clear plastic baggies. Those items were seized as evidence.

Rudisill was arrested on the drug paraphernalia charge and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $1,000 secured bond. During the booking process at the jail, Officers found that Rudisill had hidden various controlled substances in a body cavity. Those items, including meth and prescription medications, were seized as evidence. Additional charges were filed and Rudisill’s total bond was increased to $16,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln Co. District Court today.

Rudisill has prior convictions for resisting a public officer, fleeing to elude arrest, underage consumption of alcohol and D.W.I. He also has a pending case in Gaston County for possession of drug paraphernalia.

32-year-old Joseph Andrew Hamby of 9th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Thursday morning (January 28) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and driving while impaired.

He was arrested at about 1:40 a.m. after Police attempted to stop a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle for speeding on the 1800 block of North Center Street. The bike was eventually stopped in a parking lot on the 800 block of 2nd Street N.E.

Hamby was taken into custody without further incident. The motorcycle was impounded. Hamby was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (January 29) and for February 24, both in Newton.

31-year-old Erin Marie Propst of Two Oaks Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:20 yesterday afternoon (January 28) on several outstanding warrants from Lincoln, Catawba and Caldwell counties. On warrants from December 8, 2015, she was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. She also faces one felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor counts of providing a fictitious name or false address on a license application and hit & run with property damage on warrants dated January 20, as well as a misdemeanor larceny charge on a warrant from January 19.

Propst was arrested without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in the Long View. As she was processed at Hickory Police headquarters, a Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Deputy served a warrant for child support. Propst was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $19,350. A District Court date in Lincolnton was set for February 16. She also has Caldwell County court dates on February 11 and March 24, plus a Catawba County appearance on March 17.

The water service advisory issued for City of Newton water customers on Wednesday (January 27) after a water main break has ended. Newton’s water customers no longer need to boil water before human consumption.

Water customers who experience air in their water lines or discoloration of water are asked to allow taps to run for several minutes to flush out any air or discoloration.

For more information, contact Newton Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

28-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller of 6th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon (January 27) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The assault charge was based on a warrant from August of last year. Also arrested was 44-year-old Randolph Christopher Brown of Liberty Church Road in Rhodhiss. Brown was charged with D.W.I., an open container violation, driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious or altered registration card or tag.

Events leading to their arrests unfolded just before midnight Tuesday (January 26) when Police spotted a vehicle parked in a handicapped space without a proper permit at the Sun House store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Officers ran the license tag and learned that it came back to a different vehicle.

After the vehicle pulled out of the parking lot, a traffic stop was conducted on 17th Street N.W. Brown was the driver. Miller, a passenger in the vehicle, got out and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly detained. Brown was arrested on the scene, just after midnight.

A search turned up 0.7 grams of methamphetamine and 16 Alprazolam pills. In addition, Miller swallowed two other prescription medications, a total of nine pills, and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed under arrest when he was released from the hospital.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Miller set at $32,500, secured, while Brown was given a $1,500 secured bond. Brown has since been released. Miller was scheduled to appear in District Court today with another District Court date on the assault charge coming up on March 2. He also has a Superior Court date on February 15. Brown will appear in District Court on February 9.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:08

Water Service Restored in Newton

The city of Newton completed repairs on a broken water main Wednesday afternoon (January 27), restoring water service to the city’s 6,500 water customers. Even though water service is restored, the city and the N.C. Division of Water Resources advises Newton’s water customers to use bottled water or boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation).

The 12-inch primary trunk water main broke early Wednesday morning. In order to repair the break, crews had to turn off water service to the entire system. Repairs were completed around 1 p.m. yesterday and water pressure was slowly raised throughout the system.

Anytime a water system experiences a period of low or no pressure, the potential increases for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water supply. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. Testing was expected to be complete by late this afternoon (January 28).

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Alex Frick at 828-695-4266 or africk@newtonnc.gov.

33-year-old Shana Mayse Reames of 25th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (January 21) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was arrested in connection to a January 2013 incident. Police received a report of an employee embezzling from the Verizon Wireless store on North Center Street. The employee, Shana Reames, allegedly transferred items to her name and took them out of the store without paying for them. Total value of the stolen items was set at $2,774.

Reames last worked at the store on January 21, 2013 and was terminated three days later. She was initially arrested on January 27, 2013. The warrant for her most recent arrest was issued on December 10 of last year.

She was taken into custody without incident last week on the 1500 block of the McDonald Parkway. Reames was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for January 21 in Newton.