58-year-old Joe Cofield of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 p.m. yesterday (September 28) on one felony count of trafficking heroin or opium and two misdemeanor counts of child abuse.  The warrants for his arrest were issued on September 22.

Cofield was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole Office on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured.  He has since been released.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 29 September 2017 11:01

Lenoir Man Arrested in Hickory on B&E Charge

27-year-old David Patrick Brittain of East Street S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 29) on one felony count of breaking & entering.  Brittain was taken into custody just after 4 a.m. today on the 1,000 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 29 September 2017 10:37

Missing Alexander County Woman Found, Safe

The Silver Alert that had been issued for 75-year-old Jaqueline Rogers Rapp has been canceled.  Ms. Rapp was found this morning (September 29).  According to a spokesperson for the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office, she is safe.

No further details are available.

Friday, 29 September 2017 10:32

Statesville Man Charged with Habitual Assault

21-year-old Isaias Gregorio Flores of Cross Creek Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony habitual assault.

On September 25, Officers responded to a domestic incident at the residence involving Isaias Flores and a female victim.  Flores was arrested at the scene for assault on a female.   He was also charged with violating a domestic violence protection order.

Detective Nathan Rash investigated the case and found that Flores had been convicted of assault on two prior occasions.  A warrant for felony habitual assault was issued.

Flores was arrested on September 26.  He was given a $10,000 secured bond.  District Court appearances scheduled on October 10 for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, October 17 on the habitual assault charge and October 23 for the original assault charge and the D.V.O. violation.
Flores, who is currently on probation, has prior convictions for simple assault, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, shoplifting, possession of marijuana and several traffic offenses.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 09:47

Suspect in Theft of T.V. Sought

On Tuesday (September 26), Lincolnton Police responded to Walmart in reference to a suspect who had stolen a Sharp 43" Smart TV valued at $268.  Loss Prevention Officers obtained photos of the suspect walking out of the store with the stolen TV.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect should call Lincolnton Police Detective Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  Crime Stoppers caller may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to a $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:28

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

33-year-old Jonathon Taylor Goforth of 6th Street Circle Court N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (September 26) on one felony count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Goforth was arrested when Hickory Police responded to his residence to assist Probation & Parole Officers, who had found 4.8 grams of marijuana, a sawed off shotgun, shotgun shells and drug paraphernalia.

Goforth was taken into custody shortly after midnight and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Authorities in Iredell County are looking for 16-year-old Destiny Danielle Engle, who is a runaway juvenile. A missing person report was filed on September 22. The teen ran away from a residence on Colonial Heights Lane in Statesville.

Ms. Engle was last seen walking toward Old Mountain Road. She was wearing gray jeans with a red & blue plaid shirt and black Nike high-top shoes. Ms. Engle is 5’0” tall and weighs about 140 pounds. At last report, she had red & brown hair, possibly braided down to her waist. She was wearing glasses with black frames and had big hoop earrings in her ears.

Ms. Engle’s name has been entered as a missing person in the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children’s database.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Destiny Danielle Engle should call the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.

27-year-old Tevin Jerome Gaither of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of felony possession of cocaine.

Gaither was initially arrested on August 30.  Officers were serving an outstanding warrant on Gaither when they found 2.2 grams of crack cocaine on his person.

Gaither was arrested yesterday at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for October 12 in Newton.  He’ll also appear on a misdemeanor assault charge on that date.

47-year-old Willie Cox, Jr. and 43-year-old Michael Shane Moore, both of West Park Drive in Stanley, along with 46-year-old Johnny Leon Jackson of Old Farm Road in Stanley and 45-year-old Darren Dwayne Kelley of Mayflower Lane in Cramerton have all been arrested in connection to the theft of an enclosed trailer from the Real Life Community Church on Highway 27 East in Iron Station.

Cox was apprehended in Gaston County Monday night (September 25).  He was charged with one felony count each of larceny and conspiracy.  Moore was found in the Cabarrus County Jail where he was being held for failure to appear on a misdemeanor larceny charge.  Jackson and Kelley were arrested earlier on charges of felony larceny and felony conspiracy.

On September 12, the church reported that someone driving a white crew cab pickup hooked up to the trailer, which was filled with camping supplies, and pulled away from the church parking lot.  On September 13, Gaston County Police reported that they were working on a similar trailer theft case.

During the search of a home occupied by two of the suspects, authorities located the camping supplies stolen in Lincoln County.  The property was identified by church officials and returned to the church.  The 14-foot enclosed trailer has not been recovered.  Authorities believe it was taken out of state.

In addition to the larceny and conspiracy charges, Cox was served with outstanding warrants from Gaston County and placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $70,000 secured bond.  Moore was placed under a no bond hold on charges from Gaston and Lincoln counties.  Jackson and Kelley remain in the Gaston County Jail.  Jackson was given a $7,000 secured bond and Kelley’s bond was set are $45,000, secured.

The investigation is continuing.

37-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

Her arrest stems from an incident in April of this year when Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  A Loss Prevention Officer reported that the suspect, Latissa Decona Price, exited past the last point of sale with merchandise and fled in a vehicle.  Warrants were issued and Price was initially arrested the following day.

She was taken into custody without incident yesterday at an address on South Center Street.  Price was processed and released under a $7,500 unsecured bond.  She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

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