46-year-old Kristi Larae Barger Hedgepeth of 8th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 Saturday afternoon (June 3) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

The previous day, Officers responded to the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W.  Loss Prevention Officers told Police of an incident that occurred on May 30 in which at suspect attempted to return items to customer service that she had stolen from the store.  The suspect was identified and warrants were taken out on June 3.

Hedgepeth was taken into custody without incident Saturday at a convenience store on Old Lenoir Road N.W. in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 5) in Newton.

29-year-old Katrisha Renee Johnson of Jimmy Shook Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (June 4|) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident at a fast-food restaurant on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. Johnson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 5) in Newton.

24-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (June 4) on two felony counts of failure to appear.  He was taken into custody without incident when a 1998 Honda Accord was stopped on the 400 block of 8th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.

Chisholm was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $24,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for July 10 in Newton.

28-year-old Ricky Deon Dellinger of Hatchett Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies. He was wanted on multiple felony warrants.

Dellinger was wanted on 12 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one felony count of obtaining money by falsely representing a physical defect and five felony counts of identity theft. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. The charges originated in Gaston and Lincoln counties.

Dellinger was taken into custody without incident at his residence at about 1:30 a.m. today (June 5). He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,500 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled today.

40-year-old James Michael McClelland of Green Meadow Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.

On May 31, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the larceny of two John Deere mowers from James River Equipment.  Deputies responded, gathered information, collected evidence and spoke with neighbors who lived nearby.

Neighbors told Deputies that a silver Dodge Truck driven by a black male was seen on a dead-end street behind the business on May 29.  The truck was pulling a black utility trailer with a push mower loaded onto it.  Detectives also learned that a black male driving a truck that matched the description came into James River Equipment on May 26 and bought an ignition key for a John Deere zero-turn lawnmower.  He was wearing a shirt that read “MG Landscaping Innovations” across the front.  Detectives identified the man as James Michael McClelland.

Detectives then learned a silver Dodge pick-up and a black utility trailer had been seen parked at a residence off Jane Sowers Road in Statesville.  Investigators then found a black utility trailer parked beside McClelland’s house on Green Meadow Lane.  On the trailer was a John Deere zero-turn mower that matched the description of the stolen mowers.  A search warrant was issued for the house and surrounding property.

During the search, Officers confirmed that the mower was, in fact, the same mower that was taken from James River Equipment.  In an enclosed carport, Investigators also found a Bobcat zero-turn mower that had been stolen from Sharpe’s Lawn Equipment & Service in August 2012.   Both mowers were seized and returned to the owners.

Detectives spoke to McClelland by telephone.  McClelland was out of town, but agreed to meet with Detectives for an interview.  During the interview, McClelland claimed he bought the mowers from another man and was not responsible for the larceny.

McClelland was arrested and given a $7,500 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 5) in Statesville.

51-year-old Michael “Mo” Dwayne England of Triplett Road and 46-year-old Thomas Henry Freeland of Rowan Road, both from Cleveland, N.C., have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  England was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and injury to personal property.  Freeland faces charges for assault inflicting serious injury and a probation violation.

At 4:45 p.m. Saturday (May 27), Deputies and E.M.S. personnel responded to a reported stabbing at aan address on Rowan Road.  Deputies found Thomas Freeland suffering from multiple stab wounds inflicted with a BBQ fork.  Michael England had facial injuries.  The injuries were consistent with statements made by both men and by other witnesses.  

The incident began when England reportedly threw a brick into the windshield of Freeland’s parked Cadillac.  When Freeland approached England, threats were exchanged and both men agreed to meet in the roadway in front of the Rowan Road address to settle their dispute physically.  After the fight broke out, England brandished a BBQ fork and began stabbing Freeland.   

Both men were taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital.  After they were medically cleared, Freeland and England were arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.

England received a $7,500 secured bond, while Freeland was given a $10,000 secured bond.  Both men will appear in District Court on June 13.

Friday, 02 June 2017 17:30

Missing Woman Sought in Statesville

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 58-year-old Deborah Annette Sabra.  Ms. Sabra is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Sabra is a black female.  She is 5' 5” tall, weighing 230 pounds.  She has short black hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black ball cap, a black zip-up sweater and blue jeans.

Ms. Sabra went missing from 1131 McLaughlin Street in Statesville.  She was in a four-door vehicle of unknown make and model.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deborah Annette Sabra should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406.

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Shelby Yang as the winner of the Tenth District's 2017 Congressional Art Competition.  Ms. Yang’s work, "Luminous Soul", was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from across the Tenth District.  Shelby, who lives in Claremont, is a junior at Bunker Hill High School where she studies art under teacher Jana Farris.

On Tuesday (May 30), Congressman McHenry hosted a reception recognizing Ms. Yang at his Hickory District Office.  Joining Shelby for the reception were her parents, Lee and Charlie.

Ms. Yang’s artwork will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country.  By winning the Tenth District's competition, Ms. Yang will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide event.  It is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute.  For more information, click here.

Authorities in Lincoln County are still looking for Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green, who has been missing since May 26, 2014.  She was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County as she got into a black four-door sedan driven by a white female.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives have interviewed family members and a number of people Ms. Rice was known to associate with, but no one has seen the missing woman.  In the months since Ms. Rice was reported missing, Officers used a K-9 search team in a large wooded area off of Sorrells Baxter Road and Eaker Road in western Lincoln County, around the old Massapoag Mill in Lincolnton and at several other locations outside Lincoln County.  All leads have been exhausted with no signs of the missing woman.

Ms. Rice is a white female.  She was 27 years old when she disappeared.  She is 5’6” tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Toasha Nicole Rice, a.k.a. Nikki Green, should call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  Detectives will follow up on all leads.

An accident on Interstate 40 near mile marker 122 sent one person to the hospital and delayed traffic for about an hour this morning (June 1).  The crash happened just west of Brookford in the westbound lanes at 11:13 a.m.

The accident occurred when a 2006 Ford driven by 68-year-old John Bohannon of Louisville, Kentucky attempted to merge from the left lane to the right lane.  The Ford hit a 2015 Suzuki motorcycle driven by 75-year-old George Ledford, Jr. of Hickory.

Mr. Ledford was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he was listed in critical condition.  Bohannon, who was not injured, was cited for making an unsafe movement resulting in serious injury to a motorcycle operator.  No other vehicles were involved and there were no additional injuries.

The westbound lanes were completely blocked for about 20 minutes as the injured man was transported from the scene.  Traffic was partially blocked for approximately an hour.

According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the accident was caused by driver inattention.  Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash.

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