More information has been released regarding the March 1 arrests of 42-year-old Iretha Michelle Sain Osborne and 50-year-old Rebeka Walker Steel, both of 1460 28th Street S.W. in Hickory. Their arrests were first reported yesterday (March 2) on WHKY. Both women were charged with three felony counts of trafficking opiates by possession, sale and delivery.
The two were charged with trafficking opiate pills after being caught in the act of selling and delivering them to another subject. Caldwell County Narcotics Agents seized 168 dosage units of Oxymorphone, a 1998 Chrysler Sebring and $674 in cash.
The pills were prescribed to Steel. The prescription had just been filled at a pharmacy in Morganton before the two women decided to sell them. The drugs seized have a street value over $1,680. Agents are contacting the suspects’ doctors to make them aware of the investigation.
Osborne and Steel were incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They were both scheduled to make appearances in District Court in Lenoir yesterday (March 2).
Further charges are expected on both Osborne and Steel. If convicted, both suspects are facing mandatory prison time.
25-year-old Karlisha Reashawn Maddox of Morning Glow Lane in Hickory was arrested at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (March 1) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
She was arrested after Officers responded yesterday to a reported larceny by employee at the Hollister store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Asset Protection for the retail store said Karlisha Maddox took money from the register during her employment. Losses were estimated at about $668 starting in May of 2016.
Maddox was taken into custody without incident at the store. She was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $1,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
27-year-old Lauren Nicole Sherrill of Highway 10 East in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday (March 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Events leading to Sherrill’s arrest began in May of 2016 when a vehicle was stopped on South Center Street for no tag lights. The vehicle was occupied by the driver and two passengers. The driver was not arrested or charged. Sherrill, one of the passengers, had an outstanding warrant for driving while license revoked. During her arrest 0.9 grams of methamphetamine were found on her person.
A second passenger, 27-year-old Brittany Correll Greene, initially provided a false name. Upon confirming Greene's actual identity, she was served with an outstanding warrant for a felony probation violation and charged with resisting a public officer.
Sherrill was re-arrested yesterday without incident at a convenience store on Fairgrove Church Road. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
41-year-old Jennifer Lynn Gray of Belmont, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon (March 1) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
Gray was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 6 in Gastonia.
23-year-old Dominae Starr Francis of Laurel Street N.E. in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (March 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Francis was taken into custody without incident at the Sleep Inn hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. She was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. Francis was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
51-year-old Lisa Estelle Sigmon of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:30 yesterday on one felony count each of larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. An Officer with the Long View Police Department is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.
She was arrested at the Hickory Police Department and released less than an hour later under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
Several Caldwell County high school students won honors at the North Carolina Beta Club Convention held in Greensboro this month.
From South Caldwell High School, Lexi Bell placed first in Biology; and Meredith Ingram, Aubrey Miller, Amanda Winebarger and Cameron Connor all placed second in Advertising Design. For the Spotlight on Service, South Caldwell BETA club president Daniela Berry earned a second-place finish for her presentation.
Two students from the Caldwell Early College High School also placed in the competition. Caitlin Finley won first place in the Junior Agriculture competition and Deanna Kilby took second in Poetry. A freshman from Hibriten High School, Mason Smith, placed third in the Division I Social Studies competition.
The Caldwell County Schools BETA champion students were recognized by the Board of Education at the February Board meeting. Those who placed either first, second or third at the state level are eligible to compete at the National BETA Convention in June in Orlando, Florida.
A new restaurant has opened in downtown Newton. The Hen & Egg is located at 204 North College Avenue. A ribbon cutting ceremony, including remarks from Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman, was held yesterday (February 27). The restaurant is owned and operated by Fred and Lamia Causby.
The Hen & Egg serves breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. and lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The breakfast menu includes classic items and some breakfast specialties, while lunch features meat and vegetable plates and a soup of the day. The restaurant also has an espresso bar.
The Hen and Egg has indoor seating, plus café tables in front and a deck in the rear.
For more information, call 828-994-4159.
A body that was found last Wednesday (February 22) has been positively identified as Patricia Linn Loveless. Lincolnton city employees were working on a sewer line off of Hollis Henderson Road when they found the badly decomposed body.
The Lincolnton Police and the S.B.I. worked to recover the body, which they identified as female. An autopsy conducted in Winston-Salem identified the deceased as Ms. Loveless, who was originally reported missing in March 2015. Numerous searches were conducted throughout 2015.
The pathologist made the identification using medical records and prior x-rays. Items recovered at the scene also matched items purchased by Ms. Loveless the day she disappeared.
The cause of death has not been determined. There is no evidence at this time to indicate Ms. Loveless’ death was suspicious in nature.
39-year-old Omar Garcia, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 Friday afternoon (February 24) on one felony count of assault of a government official and misdemeanor counts of larceny and second-degree trespass.
During the booking process at the Hickory Police Department, Garcia allegedly spit in a male Officer’s face while he was in a holding cell. He was not photographed or fingerprinted at that time.
Garcia has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $18,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 27) in Newton.