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Gordon Food Service is planning to build a new distribution center in Cabarrus County that will create 275 new jobs with an investment of approximately $58 million over the next five years in Kannapolis.

Gordon Food Service is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is North America's largest privately held, family-managed broadline foodservice distributor. Founded in 1897 and managed by the family for four generations, Gordon Food Service distributes to foodservice operators within the midwest, northeast, southeast and southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. The company also operates more than 170 GFS Marketplace retail stores in the U.S. The Kannapolis distribution center will be the company’s first presence in North Carolina.

Salaries will vary by job function and experience, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs is expected to be $12.3 million when all the new jobs are added.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000.

For more information, visit www.gfs.com.

22-year-old Benjamin Michael Lineberger of Unity Church Road in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of felony attempted robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon.

Lineberger is accused of attempting to obtain opiates at Walgreen’s at 7385 Highway 73 in Denver by showing what appeared to be a black revolver to the pharmacy clerk. The incident occurred Friday night (October 24) shortly before 8 p.m. The clerk told the suspect the drugs were locked up and they didn’t have a key. The suspect then walked out of the store.

Store personnel told Deputies it was the second time Friday that Lineberger had been in the store. Lineberger previously sat in the pharmacy section and waited for the crowd to thin out before he asked if the pharmacy had a prescription for him. Lineberger was told, “no,” and he left the premises.

Lineberger then went across the road to the Rite-Aid Pharmacy where he gave his full name and asked it they had filled a prescription for him. He was denied there, as well, and returned to Walgreen’s where he showed the revolver, which turned out to be a BB gun.

Deputies obtained an address for the suspect. They went to the residence where they detained Lineberger and seized a coat the man wore and the BB pistol.

Lineberger was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today (October 27).

18-year-old Joshua Keary Robinson of Forest Ridge Drive in Stanley has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies on a charge of felony statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant between four and six years older than the victim.

The incident occurred Friday afternoon (October 24) as Deputies responded to the end of Bridgeview Drive in connection to a suspicious vehicle parked near the cul-de-sac. No one was near the vehicle, but while checking the area, Deputies saw Robinson walking toward them through a wooded area.

Robinson told Officers he had been to visit a 14-year-old female. He told Deputies that he and the girl engaged in sexual activities while he was at her residence. Robinson said he was acquainted with the victim’s family.

Deputies took Robinson into custody and placed him in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (October 27).

Monday, 27 October 2014 11:47

Statesville Assault Suspect Arrested

45-year-old Mark Baron Wilson of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on two counts each of first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

He was arrested at a residence on Raleigh Avenue at about 11:35 Saturday night. Statesville Police received information through Iredell Crime Stoppers that Wilson was at the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.

Wilson was wanted by Police for allegedly assaulting two men at an unoccupied residence on the 1300 block of Fifth Street in Statesville Saturday morning, as reported previously on WHKY.

Wilson is currently being held in the Iredell County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.  

27-year-old Daniel Allen Hoffman of Hoffman Trail in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:35 yesterday afternoon (October 26) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police were called to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer there allegedly saw Hoffman leave the store without paying for a men’s watch, a car stereo, shoelaces, a women’s ring set, a hoodie and a phone case. He also drank a Red Bull energy drink inside the store and didn’t pay for it.

Police found Hoffman in a nearby wooded area behind Lowe’s Home Improvement. He ditched the hoodie, which was found in un-sellable condition. The phone case was not found. Three Xanax pills were allegedly found on his person.

Hoffman was taken into custody without further incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,625, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

21-year-old Uriel Arteiom Garcia of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday after he turned himself in on outstanding warrants for felony common law robbery and misdemeanor hit & run with property damage. He was also charged with reckless driving to endanger.

Garcia is accused of stealing a 1984 Audi from the Propst Mobile Home Park on September 29. The vehicle was later involved in a crash and has since been recovered.

Garcia has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,750, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 27) in Hickory.

45-year-old Mark Baron Wilson of Statesville is wanted by Statesville Police on two counts each of first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

At about 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, Statesville Police responded to a reported assault at a vacant residence on the 1300 block of Fifth Street. Officers arrived and found one 51-year-old male victim sitting on the curb in front of the residence with several lacerations to his face and swelling to his face and head. Iredell County EMS transported the victim to Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was later taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. A 50-year-old male victim was found inside, suffering from minor lacerations to his face.

The Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. Their investigation revealed the victims were inside the vacant residence when the suspect, Mark Baron Wilson, entered and accused the two men of damaging a vehicle belonging to his brother. An altercation ensued and Wilson began using a broom handle to strike both victims in the head and face. Wilson held the men in the house for over two hours, assaulting them whenever either victim attempted to leave. At one point, Wilson struck the first victim with a wooden chair, causing the chair to break into pieces. Wilson then took a wooden leg from the chair and continued striking the first victim.

Wilson later fled from the residence. Warrants have been issued for his arrest.    

Anyone with information regarding the location of Mark Baron Wilson should contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

29-year-old William Heath Lathrop of Morganton was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday.

Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to the accident near the 200 block of Reep Drive at about 5:12 a.m. Saturday (October 25). Officers believe a 2001 Pontiac driven by Lathrop ran off the right side of the roadway. Lathrop over-corrected to the left before going off the right side of the road again, colliding with a tree approximately 10 feet off the roadway.

Mr. Lathrop died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the collision. Police say speed was a contributing factor in the collision.

The accident remains under investigation.

Frye Regional Medical Center has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to earn the designation, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module and the facility must undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

27-year-old Angela Lynn Calloway of Laws Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (October 23) on charges of D.W.I., possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor child abuse, reckless driving and driving while license revoked. Calloway was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on December 15 in Lenoir.