39-year-old James Fletcher Smith, Jr. of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night (April 6) on one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  He also had outstanding warrants on true bills of indictment for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus another warrant for possession of methamphetamine.  In addition, Smith was charged with a felony probation violation.  The warrants were issued in July 2016 and in February and March of 2017.

His arrest yesterday came as Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory encountered a suspicious white male in the parking lot.  Officers approached the man after he entered a room at the hotel.  They identified the man as James Smith and learned that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.  During the encounter, Police found 1.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the room.  Three other subjects in the room were not charged or cited.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $49,500 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.  Additional court dates were set for April 10 & 19, May 25 and June 5.

31-year-old Luther Andrew Osborne of Whitworth Road in Cherryville was arrested yesterday (April 5) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of statutory sex offense with a child under 13 years old by an adult at least 18 years old.

On March 16 of this year, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective took a report from the Department of Social Services regarding the sexual assault of a four-year-old female.  The victim, who is related to the offender, disclosed the details of the assault in an interview.  The incident occurred between March 3 and March 5 while the offender was living on Magnolia Grove Road in Iron Station.

Osborne was arrested following a polygraph and interview at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.

38-year-old James Daniel Terry of 32nd Street S.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 6) on failure to appear warrants for felony possession of methamphetamine and driving while license revoked.  The warrants were issued on March 31.

Terry was taken into custody without incident at 12:25 a.m. at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured.  He’ll appear in District Court on April 13 in Newton.

39-year-old Quinton Richard Parker II of Brooksouth Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (April 5) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  In addition, he had an outstanding failure to appear warrant from March 8 for possession of drug paraphernalia and four more failure to appear warrants from February 20 on a variety of vehicular offenses.

Events leading to Parker’s arrest began on March 25 when Hickory Police received a report regarding a 1996 Honda Accord that was stolen from an address on 4th Street Drive N.W.  Yesterday, the Honda was found at the Quality Mart on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.  A male subject, Quinton Parker, fled on foot.

He was apprehended and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,600 secured bond.  Parker was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today, with additional court dates set for April 12 and May 11.

The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile, 16-year-old Mikayla Saul.  Ms. Saul ran away from Patton High School in Morganton on March 30.  According to a news release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, the evidence suggests that Ms. Saul ran away voluntarily.  

She is described as a white female, 5’1” tall, weighing 114 pounds with blue eyes and sandy hair.  She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt with white lace on the sleeves, dark colored jeans, slip on shoes and a dark gray fleece jacket.  She was carrying a pink backpack.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Mikayla Saul should call the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.  Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous.  Anyone with information leading to the Ms. Saul’s location could receive a cash reward.

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:08

Claremont Man Charged as Habitual Felon

49-year-old Glenn Ervin Harrelson II of Sandalwood Court in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday (April 4) on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Officers were dispatched to a shoplifting call at the Publix store on 29th Avenue N.E.  The subject had concealed meat valued at $123 on his person.  The meat (including beef oxtails, chuck roast, ribeye steaks and shrimp) was recovered by Loss Prevention Officers; however, before Hickory Police arrived, the suspect left the scene in a red truck.  

The truck was spotted a short time later, traveling east on 28th Avenue N.E.  Harrelson, a passenger in the truck, was identified as the larceny suspect.  The driver, Jonathon Paul Fender, was issued a citation for aiding & abetting the larceny.

Harrelson was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman missing from eastern Lincoln County.  26-year-old Candace Ann Coffey was last known to be in the area last night.  Deputies were dispatched to the 4400 block of Greenfield Court in Maiden to take a missing person’s report.  Authorities don’t know where Ms. Coffey was traveling to or who she may be with.  

Ms. Coffey is described as a white female, 5’8” tall and weighing around 145 pounds.  She has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Candace Ann Coffey should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying the man whose body was found over the weekend.  The hispanic male is believed to be in his early 20s, 5'4" tall, 134 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  The victim had tattoos on his left and right shoulder and on his right hand between his thumb and index finger.

The victim was found at the edge of the woods off River Road Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:15.  It is believed the body was left there late Friday night (March 31) or early Saturday morning.  Grass cuttings were found on his pants legs and boots so he may have been working with a yard crew.

Anyone with information should call the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.

33-year-old Tajuana Shamika Young, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (April 3) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was arrested after Officers on foot patrol on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory encountered Young and found 0.2 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Following her arrest, Young was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

27-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:20 yesterday afternoon (April 3) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.  He was also charged as an habitual felon.

Mitchell was arrested in connection to an incident on September 12 of last year.  A traffic stop was conducted on 2nd Street Place S.W., south of 6th Avenue S.W.  Mitchell was the driver with one other occupant in the vehicle.  During the stop, the 12.7 grams of crack cocaine and 3.5 gms powder cocaine were found on Mitchell’s person.  A .40 caliber handgun was found in the vehicle.  The passenger, Eddie Carlos Linder, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant as an habitual felon.

He was taken into custody without incident yesterday as he was released from Frye Regional Medical Center.  Mitchell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  No bond amount was listed.  He has since been released.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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