19-year-old Tyshon Jaiquia Saxton of 4th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after ten o’clock last night on three counts of failure to appear and one felony probation violation.  The failure to appear charges are connected to single counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and another felony probation violation.

The robbery charge comes in connection to a September 18, 2016 armed robbery at Firehouse Subs on North Center Street.  Saxton was initially arrested five days later.

He was taken into custody without incident Thursday on the 900 block of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  Superior Court dates were set for August 21 & 23 in Newton.

33-year-old Christopher Todd Moore of Executive Circle in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of altering a court document.  Moore was also charged in Watauga County with attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Moore allegedly altered a 50B ex-parte domestic violence order of protection.  The domestic violence protection order was issued by Judge Ali B. Paksoy, Jr. in Lincoln County.  Moore is accused of altering the document so that it would give him possession of a gray Chrysler van.

On July 20, he presented the 50B order to a Deputy in the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office to be served.  The Deputy noticed the alteration and contacted authorities in Lincoln County.

An investigation was completed in Watauga County and forwarded to the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office.  Detective Michael Lookadoo completed the local investigation and arrested Moore on July 27.  

Moore was placed in the Lincoln County jail under a $10,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (July 28).

40-year-old Johnny Saunders of High Point was sentenced to an active prison term of at least six years after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin by possession during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (July 26).

The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, imposed a sentence of six-to-eight years.  In addition, Saunders will be required to pay a mandatory $50,000 fine.

On April 12 of this year, Saunders’ vehicle was stopped for running a stop sign and speeding.  The Officer smelled marijuana and was given consent to search.  A plastic bag containing multiple rock-like substances was found on Saunders’ person.  Saunders was arrested for possessing a trafficking amount of heroin.

Hickory Police Officer David Lee handled the case.  Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer was the prosecutor.

46-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney of Asheville was given a sentence of seven-to-nine years after pleading guilty to three counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, handed down the sentence in Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (July 26).

McKinney’s criminal history includes felony convictions in Buncombe County for possession of cocaine (August 2012), obtaining property by false pretense (June 2008) and possession of cocaine (March 2000).

On November 23, 2016, McKinney entered a Hickory restaurant through a rear entrance and went into a storage area where he took beer.  On December 7, 2016, he entered through the same door and again took beer from the storage area.  He returned an hour later and took a lawn mower from the building.  Security video at the business showed McKinney entering and leaving the building with the items and his activities inside the storage area.

Hickory Police Officer D.H. Freeman investigated the case and Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith handled the prosecution.

42-year-old Curtis Chad Morgan of Cindy Lane in Gastonia has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of breaking & entering a building, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Events leading to his arrest began on July 20 when Deputies were dispatched to a breaking & entering and larceny call at a home on Norman Estates Drive in Denver.  A work crew had arrived to find the front door open, though the door had not been forced open.  Two 65-inch televisions were taken from the residence.

The summer home was being renovated while the owner was living out-of-state.   During the investigation, Detective Frank Runyon received information from the homeowner and the homeowners’ association president that a gate entry code given to the contractor was used at about ten o’clock on the night of July 19.  Investigators learned that the code had been given to a painting company employee, Curtis Chad Morgan.

After he was interviewed at the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office on July 25, Morgan was charged and arrested.  He was jailed under a $9,999 secured bond.  Morgan was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today (July 26).

31-year-old Crystal Diamanta Linebarger of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (July 26) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was initially arrested and charged in November of 2014 in connection to an assault that occurred at a convenience store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory, near Long View.

Linebarger was taken into custody at about 12:20 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

33-year-old Javariss O’Brien Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 26) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was also charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked, possessing or displaying an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license; failure to surrender a title, registration card or tag; and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond.  Appearances in District Court were set for today and August 14 in Newton.

Caldwell Co. Public Health Director Denise Michaud will retire, effective August 1.  Ms. Michaud has worked in public health for 28 years.  During her time at Caldwell County Health Department, she was a Public Health Nutritionist, Nutrition Program Director and Assistant Health Director before becoming Public Health Director in 2005.

During her time at Caldwell County Health Department, Ms. Michaud was a member of the Western North Carolina Public Health Association, the North Carolina Public Health Association, the International Lactation Consultant Association, the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, the National Association of City & County Health Officials and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.  She was also on the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force and the N.C. Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Review Committee, and she was appointed to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council by former Governor Pat McCrory.

In 1992, Ms. Michaud was awarded the Western North Carolina Public Health Association Nutritionist of the Year.  In 2004, she was Caldwell County Health Department’s Employee of the Year.

Ms. Michaud started her career at the N.C. Department of Agriculture.  She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

25-year-old Justin Anthony Ferguson of Clydannie Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 24) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Ferguson is wanted in Clay County, Florida for lewd or lascivious battery with a minor.  The alleged crimes took place on January 20 and February 4 of this year.  Warrants for his arrest were issued by the Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office in Green Cove Springs.

Following his arrest, Ferguson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

In Burke County Superior Court last Thursday (July 20), 46-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Morganton was given an active prison term of three-to-five years for fleeing to elude arrest.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.  He’ll serve his prison term in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.  

The defendant had previously been convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in June 1990; sale or delivery of cocaine in October 1996; and using or carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime in October 2000.

O’Neil’s sentence Thursday was the result of a January 2017 incident in which NCDMV Investigator Aaron Carver saw a motorcycle driven by O’Neil traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving through traffic.  The motorcycle traveled more than 100 MPH in a 55 MPH zone and ran multiple stoplights.  It also reached speeds of 80-to-90 MPH in a 25 MPH school zone while school was in session.  In addition, O’Neil passed a stopped school bus while students were boarding.

The defendant eventually attempted to pass a State Trooper on the side of the road, but struck a fire hydrant and came to a halt.  After a brief foot pursuit, O’Neil was taken into custody.

Carver investigated the case for the NCDMV.  Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis handled the prosecution for the state.

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