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Friday, 06 February 2015 12:40

Morganton Man Busted for Meth in Hickory

54-year-old Phouvong Oudeenarak of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police just before 1:30 this morning (February 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

At about midnight, Officers on patrol in the area of Highway 70 S.W. and 19th Street S.W. saw a vehicle at the Sunhouse convenience store with a pick-up order on its license tag. Police waited nearly an hour for the man to come out of the store.

When he left the store, Police stopped the vehicle at 19th Street S.W. and 15th Avenue S.W. A search of the vehicle was conducted, leading to the discovery of one gram of methamphetamine.

Oudeenarak was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Hickory.

More details have been released in the arrests of 40-year-old Terry Lee McConneaughey of Ann Street in Gastonia and 28-year-old Cathy Jo Wiseman of Stonewood Drive in Spruce Pine. They were both arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (February 5) on drug charges. As reported yesterday on WHKY, McConneaughey was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II & schedule VI controlled substances, as well as misdemeanor counts for possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wiseman was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E., detected the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Police made contact with the room’s six occupants. The room was rented in Cathy Jo Wiseman’s name.

A search of the room turned up four grams of crack cocaine, 43 grams of marijuana, four Vicodin pills and digital scales. McConneaughey took responsibility for the drugs. He was found to have $116 in cash on his person.

The other four persons present were not charged.

Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McConneaughey set at $15,000, secured, while Wiseman was given a $4,000 secured bond. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 06 February 2015 11:07

Boone Man Charged with Sex Offenses

63-year-old James Randall Hoover of Briarwood Lane in Boone has been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of second-degree sex offense, sexual battery, indecent exposure and false imprisonment.

On February 4, the Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding a possible sexual assault that had occurred in the Meat Camp community. Sheriff’s Officers responded, talked to the victim and filed a report. The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit conducted an investigation into the incident, leading to the charges against Hoover.

Hoover was placed in the Watauga Co. Detention Center under a $175,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 19.

23-year-old Jeremy Kyle Goodrich of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (February 6) on a charge of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. He was detained by authorities in Alexander County and turned over to Hickory Police.

He was arrested in connection to an incident in November of 2013 when Police received reports of a reckless driver. Officers spotted the vehicle at the Cupboard Express store on 16th Street N.E. They spoke to the driver, who told them he was attempting to flee from two men who had assaulted him.

The victim said he went to visit an acquaintance, Jeremy Goodrich, who had invited the victim to see his new residence. Upon arrival, Goodrich and another man allegedly forced the victim to the ground at knifepoint and stole the victim’s shoes and an unspecified amount of cash.

Goodrich was initially arrested and charged in 2013. Following his arrest today, Goodrich was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

34-year-old Thomas Harrison Andrew Ford of the Maiden Highway and 26-year-old Megan Ann Cooke of Heavner Road, both from Lincolnton, have been arrested for probation violations. Ford was charged with on three counts of failure to appear and one count of surrender of security, while Cooke was charged with two counts of surrender of security. Narcotics Investigators from the Catawba County and Lincoln County sheriff’s offices combined with state Probation & Parole Officers to make the arrests.

They were arrested after Probation & Parole received information regarding the whereabouts of both suspects. Law enforcement units met in the parking lot at a church near the residence where Officers were conducting surveillance.

Investigators moved in on the residence when they saw Ford standing in the front yard. He ran back into the house as Officers approached. Officers were able to take Ford into custody and also found Cooke inside the home. They were arrested without incident.

Ford was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond, while Cooke was given a $15,000 secured bond. No court dates are listed for Ford. Cooke has appearances scheduled for February 6 and February 10.

The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office expressed its appreciation for the assistance of all the agencies involved in the arrests.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 85-year-old Fulton Walton Byrum. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office yesterday (February 4) asked for the public’s help in locating Mr. Byrum, who was reported missing on Tuesday after he got lost on his way to meet a friend on Lake Wylie Road.

N.C. Center for Missing Persons reports that Mr. Byrum’s vehicle may have been spotted in the Garysburg area, near exit 174 on Interstate 95. Garysburg is in eastern N.C., near the Virginia state line. The vehicle is a beige or brown 2014 Honda Civic with North Carolina license tag CME-4068.

Previously, Mr. Byrum had called his family at about 8:30 Tuesday night to let them know he was lost. That call pinged off a cell phone tower on West Shopton Road in Charlotte

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Fulton Walton Byrum should call G.A. Hager at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 704-735-8202.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:35

Photo of Suspect in Vehicle B&Es Released

Hickory Police have released another photo of the suspect in a series of larcenies from motor vehicles that began on January 29. The incidents were reported yesterday on WHKY. Anyone with information regarding the suspect should call HPD at 828-328-5551.

46-year-old Ba Van Tran of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 yesterday morning (February 4) on one felony count of failure to appear.

The arrest dates back to a July 2010 break-in at the P.C. Seafood & Oriental Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Tran was initially arrested in August of 2010 and then the failure to appear warrant was issued in October 2010.

He was taken into custody yesterday on Highway 321 in Hickory. Following his arrest, Tran was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.

40-year-old Terry Lee McConneaughey of Ann Street in Gastonia and 28-year-old Cathy Jo Wiseman of Stonewood Drive in Spruce Pine were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 this morning (February 5) on drug charges. McConneaughey was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wiseman was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were both taken into custody without incident at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following their arrests, the suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McConneaughey set at $15,000, secured, while Wiseman was given a $4,000 secured bond. Wiseman has since been released. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 85-year-old Fulton Walton Byrum, Jr., who was reported missing yesterday (February 3).

Deputies responded to a residence on Cedar Brook Court in Stanley Tuesday night at about 11 p.m. after a family member reported Mr. Byrum, Jr. missing. Mr. Byrum, who is in good health, was en route to a friend’s house on Lake Wylie Road to play bluegrass music, but he never showed up. Mr. Byrum called family members around 8:30 p.m. and said he was lost. The call pinged off a cell phone tower on West Shopton Road in Charlotte.

Mr. Byrum is described as a white male with gray hair and blue eyes. He is approximately six feet tall. Family members say he usually wears jeans or work pants and a tee shirt. He was driving a beige 2014 Honda Civic with North Carolina license tag CME- 4068.

He has been entered in National Crime Information Center database as a missing person. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office has filed for a Silver Alert to be issued.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Fulton Walton Byrum, Jr. should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202.