20-year-old Randall Kent Brank of Howell Street in Hickory was arrested last Friday (September 11) by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest and careless & reckless driving.

On Friday, Burke County Sheriff’s Detectives saw Brank’s vehicle traveling on Rhodhiss Road. Because Brank was a person of interest in several pending cases, Officers followed the vehicle and watched it pull into a store parking lot, where Detectives set up surveillance.

Brank left the store on a motorcycle with no license plate that was for sale. Brank’s girlfriend, Adina Bryson, began driving Brank’s vehicle. Detectives attempted to stop the motorcycle, but Brank fled. At the intersection of Highway 70 and Rhodhiss Road, Brank pulled over indicating he was going to stop, but then he failed to do so. When Brank pulled over a second time, Detectives quickly apprehended him without further incident.

Detectives questioned the storeowner and were advised Brank did not have permission to take the motorcycle.

Adina Bryson was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Brank was given a $30,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for October 5. Bryson has a court date in Burke County coming up on September 30 with additional appearances in Catawba County on September 22 and October 6.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:27

Valdese Man Indicted on Felony Cocaine Charge

28-year-old Dustin Clark Lawhon of Brevard Street in Valdese was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident on May 17 of this year when Police received information from an anonymous caller regarding the suspect, who was allegedly selling crack cocaine at the Sunny Valley apartment complex.

Officers located Lawhon on the 4th Street S.E. side of the complex. A search of his person turned up 1.6 grams of crack cocaine. Lawhon was initially arrested and charged at that time.

Following his arrest yesterday, Lawhon was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 18 in Newton.

54-year-old Roger Lewis Bass of Main Avenue Drive was arrested at about 7:15 last night (September 15) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.

He was arrested as the result of a domestic disturbance at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. A female victim at the scene refused medical treatment. Bass’ vehicle was stopped on the 1100 block of 2nd Avenue S.W. where he was taken into custody by Hickory Police.

Bass was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

31-year-old Nathan James Dahlquist of Presbyterian Road in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers last Friday (September 11) on three counts of indecent liberties with a child.

He was arrested after a report was filed with Sheriff’s Office in August stating that three children under the age of 13 had been sexually abused by a family friend. The abuse occurred during the time period between January 1 and August 3 of this year.

The case was assigned to Detective Sgt. C.M. Benfield with the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit. A forensic interview was conducted with all three children. Dahlquist was charged after further investigation and after additional interviews with witnesses were conducted.

He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Dahlquist will next appear in District Court on September 28.

29-year-old Ghenoa Flo Elder of Fairlane Drive in Stony Point has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers for a violation of pretrial release conditions.

On August 7, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Elder’s residence in reference to a domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival they found Ghenoa Elder on top of a vehicle. She had broken one of the vehicle’s windows, as windows inside the residence. Elder also struck one subject on his chest and stomach with a metal garden rake.

Deputy B.A. Henderson arrested Elder for damage to property and assault with a deadly weapon. She was released from the detention center after posting a $6,000 bond. Due to the domestic nature of the incident, Elder was given pretrial release conditions prohibiting her from having any type of contact with the victim until their case was disposed of in court.

On September 14, Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell with the Special Victim’s Unit saw Elder making contact with the victim at the courthouse and violating the court order. Sgt. Harwell placed Elder under arrest. When Elder was taken before the Magistrate, her original bond was revoked and she was placed under a $50,000 bond. Her next appearance in District Court was set for September 21.

24-year-old Sparkle Wynn Walsh of Walsh Vines Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 p.m. yesterday (September 15) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

Walsh was an employee at the GameStop store at 1932 Catawba Valley Boulevard. Yesterday, Loss Prevention at the store reported that Walsh had been lowering prices on video games before selling them to friends.

The incidents took place over a three-to-four month period. Property loss was estimated at $2,000.

H.P.D. took Walsh into custody without incident yesterday at the store. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, but has since been released under a $3,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

The Caldwell County Veterans Service Office will be closed Tuesday, September 22 through Friday, September 25 while the staff attends a training conference. The Veterans Service Office will reopen for regular business on Monday, September 28 at 8 a.m.

Those in need of claims assistance during the closure may contact the Veterans Administration (VA) at 800-827-1000.

For more information regarding the closing, contact Kathy Hutchings at 828-757-1345. More general information can be found at the VA website at www.va.gov.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:12

Lincolnton Man is Big Winner in NCEL

Tyrone Heller of Lincolnton has won a $1 million prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s new Ultimate Millions game. Heller bought his lucky $30 ticket at the Country Corner Foodmart on N.C. 150 East in Lincolnton, where he works.

A $1 million prize in the game can be claimed in 20 annuity payments of $50,000 or a one-time payment of $600,000. Heller chose the lump sum, worth $415,509 after required withholdings.

Heller plans to use his winnings to buy a house and save for his daughter’s college fund.

As of this morning (September 15), all four top prizes of $10 million remain to be claimed in the Ultimate Millions game.

Ticket sales made it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars for the state last year. For details on how lottery funds have been used in any county, click on the “Where the Money Goes” tab on the lottery’s website.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:09

Suspects Flee After Crashing Borrowed SUV

Hickory Police are investigating a hit & run accident that occurred at about 6 p.m. yesterday. Two men in a red 2005 Chevrolet SUV reportedly fled the scene on foot after the vehicle rolled over and landed upright on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory’s Sweetwater area. A Greenway bus-stop sign and a speed limit sign were damaged in the single-vehicle accident.

The registered owner of the vehicle said the SUV is often used by various family members. She told Police she believes she knows who was last to drive the vehicle. Officers are currently attempting to locate and interview that person.

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

Monday, 14 September 2015 14:11

Blood Sample Leads to Arrest in 2012 Larceny

37-year-old David Lee Brendle of 22nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 Friday night (September 11) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on December 10, 2012 in which Officers responded to an alarm at Leather Miracles on 20th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Police found a window broken. Cash was stolen from the business. Officers were able to collect blood samples at the scene.

Lab results from the blood samples came back with a positive match on August 31 of this year. Brendle was taken into custody without incident Friday on the 2000 block of South Center Street in Hickory.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (September 14) in Newton.