27-year-old Anthony Lavell Danner, Jr. of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3 a.m. today (June 13) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.  In addition, he faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

Danner was taken into custody without incident on 11th Avenue S.W.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.  He’s also scheduled to appear in Superior Court on August 21.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:36

Runaway Teen Sought in Lincoln County

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a teenaged runaway, 15-year-old Justin Ryan Shoemake.

Shoemake was last seen at his foster parents’ home on Shoal Road on the night of June 8.  He was recently placed in the residence by the Lincoln Co. Department of Social Services.

The missing teen is described as a white male, 5 feet tall and weighing around 120 pounds.  He has blond hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Justin Ryan Shoemake should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:03

Hickory Man Jailed for Habitual Larceny

35-year-old Jonathon Erik Allen, Jr. of 27th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:50 yesterday morning (June 12) on a felony indictment for habitual larceny.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on February 17 of this year.  Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Publix store on 29th Avenue N.E.  After meeting with a Loss Prevention Officer, the suspect was identified as Jonathon Allen.  He has previous convictions for larceny in September 2016 in Davie County and in September 2014 in both Iredell and Lincoln counties, plus a conviction for organized retail theft in April of 2016 in Catawba County.

Allen was taken into custody at Hickory City Hall yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

21-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:25 p.m. yesterday (June 12) on one felony count of breaking & entering and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property.  In addition, Tucker faces charges for a misdemeanor probation violation, breaking & entering to terrorize or injure, injury to real property, resisting a public officer, possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana, plus another count of assault on a female.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on May 27 when Officers responded to a domestic call at a residence on the 1100 block of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory.  Tucker was taken into custody on the 800 block of 1st Street S.E. after he fled on foot.

The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond, due to the domestic nature of the charges against him.  Bond was set at $46,700, secured, on the other charges.  Tucker was scheduled to appear in court today, with additional District Court dates on June 26, July 11 and July 13.  He also has a Superior Court date on June 15.

At about 5:30 Sunday morning (June 11), Hickory Police responded to a break-in in progress the Sprint Store at 1828 Catawba Valley Boulevard.  The business’ alarm company reported that a black male wearing black pants, black Nike shoes with blue shoestrings and a towel or sheet wrapped around his head made entry after he threw a rock through the front door.  

When Officers arrived, the suspect was no longer at the scene.  He left in a dark colored four-door passenger car.  Several display phones and tablets were taken from the store.  An estimate of the value of the stolen property is pending inventory.

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

32-year-old Justin Trey Brown of Victory Grove Church Road and 23-year-old Audie Eugene Prestwood II of Flay Road, both from Lincolnton, along with 30-year-old Connie Janette Cherry of St. Matthews Church Road in Maiden, have all been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a break-in on April 21 of this year in which a gun safe and firearms were stolen.

The suspects were charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, safecracking and possession of a stolen firearm.  Cherry faces additional charges for felony larceny of a firearm, felony possession of stolen goods, felony conspiracy and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  

Events leading to their arrests began on April 21 when the victim arrived at her home on Tyringham Drive in Crouse to find the front door open.  She discovered that a gun safe containing an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle was missing.

Utilizing evidence left at a nearby residence and information gathered from other subjects, Detectives learned that the empty gun safe might be located at Justin Brown’s residence.  A search warrant was executed.

Investigators determined that two of the suspects and two male juveniles were responsible for the break-in at the Tyringham Drive home.  Brown assisted by using heavy tools to break open the safe.

Cherry was arrested in Cleveland County and transported to Lincoln County on June 11.  She was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court set for today (June 12).  Prestwood was arrested on June 6.  He remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $21,500 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on June 27.  Brown was arrested on May 13 and has since been released on bond.  No court date is currently listed.  The two juveniles involved will be charged through the Juvenile Justice System.

41-year-old Hazal Leanor Hodge of Kite Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers late Saturday night (June 10) on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

She was arrested after Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at Hodge’s residence at 11:47.  The call was later changed to a shots-fired call.  When Deputies arrived, they found a male victim suffering from two gunshot wounds to his lower body.  E.M.S. transported the victim to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives and other Officers interviewed witnesses, including the victim’s girlfriend, Hazal Hodge.  During a search of the home, a firearm, ammunition and spent shell casings were found.

Officers say the victim and Hodge had been drinking and hanging out with friends earlier in the evening.  At some point during the night, the victim and suspect got into an argument as the result of messages sent or received via social media.  The argument continued for an extended period of time until suspect picked up a gun and shot the victim twice.

Hodge was arrested and jailed without bond due to the domestic nature of the offense.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (June 12).

The Statesville Police Department continues to investigate the disappearance of 58-year-old Deborah Sabra of McLaughlin Street in Statesville.  A silver alert was issued when Ms. Sabra was reported missing on June 1.  Ms. Sabra has some medical and cognitive issues that could place her in danger if she is not able to get the proper treatment.  The flyer shown here was created by her family, which has been handing out the flyers in the Statesville area.  

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deborah Annette Sabra should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406.

44-year-old Rafeal Jordan Norwood of Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday (June 8) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.

Norwood was arrested after Officers stopped a 1999 Ford Explorer near the intersection of 11th Avenue S.W. and South Center Street.  During the stop, a concealed semi-automatic Ruger LC9 9mm handgun was found.  Police also found 0.1 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  In addition to the drug and firearms charges, the driver, Rafeal Norwood, was cited for driving while license revoked and failure to stop for a stop sign.  A passenger in the vehicle was not cited or charged.

Norwood was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

39-year-old Nekita Denene Gaither of Riverview Drive of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock yesterday afternoon (June 8) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and insurance fraud.  

Gaither turned herself in at the Hickory Police Department on the outstanding warrants, which were issued on June 2.  She was processed and then released a little more than an hour later under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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