More information has been released in the arrest of 30-year-old Zachary G. McRae, who lists addresses on North Aspen Street and Heavner Road, both in Lincolnton. He was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday morning when he was served a bill of indictment for felony possession of methamphetamine. He was also held on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

McRae is wanted by the Giles Co. Sheriff’s Office in Pearisburg, Virginia for credit card larceny and credit card fraud greater than $200. The warrants for his arrest were issued on March 8, 2018.

McRae remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow (June 14) on the fugitive warrant.

Charges against 62-year-old Shelley Lovin Heafner of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton have been dropped. Ms. Heafner had been facing child abduction charges after she fled yesterday (June 11) with her eight-month-old granddaughter.

Today, a Lincoln Co. District Court judge not only dropped the child abduction charge, but the woman was also granted an emergency custody order to keep the child.

Ms. Heafner, who is the child’s grandmother, had been babysitting the child. She left after learning that the child’s biological mother (Rebecca Stanley) planned to pick up the child and would arrive with the child’s father, who was recently released from jail. The grandmother refused to return the child and left the scene.

The child is safe and remains in the care of her grandmother. No additional charges are expected.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 18:03

95-Year-Old Hickory Man Reported Missing

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 95-year-old James William Bowman. Mr. Bowman is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Bowman is a white male. He is 5' 9" tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has gray hair and gray eyes. No photo is available.

Mr. Bowman was last seen at 1145 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. His vehicle is a blue 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass with N.C. license tag number NNL1012.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James William Bowman should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

37-year-old John Nathan Hobbs of Fleetwood, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:35 yesterday afternoon (June 11). He was charged with a felony probation violation. Hobbs had been listed as an absconder from probation.

He was on probation following an Ashe County conviction in April of this year on multiple counts of larceny and larceny after breaking & entering. He was serving a 24-month suspended sentence.

Hobbs was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for June 18.

47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Branch of Bethel Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (June 11) on one felony count of failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants for his arrest were issued on June 5. The complainant is listed as the Burke County Clerk of Court.

Branch was taken into custody without incident at 12:57 a.m. Monday at a restaurant on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for August 6 in Morganton.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 15-year-old Levi Jacob German. German is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

He is a white male, 5' 7" tall, weighing 130 pounds. German has short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, gray shorts and black & white Converse All-Star tennis shoes.

German was last seen at 175 Garden Drive in Moravian Falls, North Carolina.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Levi Jacob German should call Wilkes County Sheriff's Detective Tim Pardue at 336-651-7501.

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26-year-old Charles David Settle of the Wilkesboro Highway in Union Grove has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of safecracking, larceny of firearm, larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

According to a press release issued today (June 12), events leading to Settle’s arrest began when a report regarding stolen firearms was filed with the Sheriff’s Office on May 24. The victim said the firearms were taken from a locked safe in a residence on the Wilkesboro Highway in Union Grove.

During the course of the investigation, the victim reported that another gun had been taken from his locked safe, as well as two chainsaws and a JVC speaker box. The stolen items were valued at more than $4,000.

Detectives interviewed several witnesses and followed up on additional leads. They spoke to Charles David Settle on two different occasions, leading to the charges against him. Settle provided information that led Investigators to four of the stolen firearms, two chainsaws, a trailer hitch and the speaker box. Those items were valued at more than $2,700.

Settle was initially arrested on May 29 and additional charges were filed on May 31. Bond was set at $175,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for June 15 & 27.

The investigation is continuing. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Settle has a criminal history that includes felony second-degree arson, misdemeanor assault on a female, felony breaking & entering, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:49

Suspect in June 5 Assault Arrested

35-year-old Jason Travis Shook of Viewpoint Road in Newton has been arrested on charges from the Newton Police Department for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with two counts of failure to appear on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property.

Shook was arrested in connection to an incident on June 5 when he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a baseball bat and a wire coat hanger. Officers learned of the assault when they responded to reports of a woman in distress at Love's Travel Stop on Southfork Drive in Newton. The woman went to Love's after escaping from her boyfriend, Jason Travis Shook.

She told Police that Shook held her against her will at the residence on Viewpoint Road. The victim said that she had been at the residence for three days and was not allowed to leave. She said she was assaulted numerous times during that time. The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for treatment of her injuries.

Shook was taken into custody yesterday (June 12) at the Circle K convenience store on Highway 70 in Newton. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond on the assault charge. Bond on the other charges was set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date on the failure to appear charges coming up on June 27.

32-year-old Jeffrey William Long of Armstrong Circle in High Shoals was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies Friday (June 8) on one felony count of trafficking in methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also served two outstanding warrants from Gaston County for both felony and misdemeanor larceny.

He was arrested when Deputies responded to a call regarding a suspicious person on Cedar Grove Church Road. A male subject was allegedly standing in the roadway waving a pistol in the air.

When Deputies arrived, the man was entering a residence on the 700 block of Cedar Grove Church Road. The man told Officers that his vehicle broke down. He said that he started walking to the residence when dogs began to chase him. The man said he was waving his cell phone around to scare the dogs away.

Deputies learned that the man, Jeffrey William Long, had the outstanding warrants from Gaston County. He was taken into custody. At that time, Officers found a plastic bag in Long’s pocket. The bag contained just over 50 grams of meth valued at $1,500 to $5,000, depending on how it’s packaged for sale.

Long was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $90,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln Co. District Court today (June 11) with a Gaston County court date set for July 16.

57-year-old Charles Edward Mills and 38-year-old Lashon Maurice Gaither, both of Mills Hill Lane, and 44-year-old Ernest Anthony Chambers of Wilson Lee Boulevard, 61-year-old Ernest William Holland of Independence Loop and 54-year-old Darrick Alphance Dulin of North Tradd Street, all from Statesville, along with 51-year-old Anthony Riddick of Shinnville Road in Cleveland, North Carolina, have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.

All six suspects were charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana, plus one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mills was also charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance.

The arrests were the result of a yearlong undercover operation that was concluded early Thursday morning (June 7). At that time, Iredell County Narcotics Detectives and Patrol Deputies executed a search warrant at Mills’ residence.

Citizens in the area said they believed drugs were being sold at the residence. They reported a large amount of vehicle and foot traffic going in and out of the residence at all times of the day and night.

Narcotics Detectives learned that one person living at the residence had a prior conviction and had been placed in federal custody for cocaine related crimes. That person had also been convicted in North Carolina on cocaine charges.

Detectives conducted surveillance and were able to make undercover purchases from the residence. In the course of the operation, Detectives identified other known drug dealers who frequented the residence.

The search Thursday led to the discovery and seizure of 17.7 grams of crack cocaine, 16.4 grams of powder cocaine, 429.7 grams of marijuana, 1.0 gram of MDMA and $5,158 in cash.

Following their arrests, bond for Mills was set at $50,000. Gaither and Chambers were each given a $65,000 bond. Holland’s bond was set at $80,000. Bond for Dulin was set at $25,000, while Reddick was given a $76,200 bond. They were all scheduled to make first appearances in court today (June 8).

All six suspects have criminal histories that include felony cocaine charges and more.

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