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23-year-old Tristian Gilmore, 21-year-old Morgan Newsome and 23-year-old Avery Forney, all from Charlotte, have been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with two counts of trafficking in opium & heroin.

On May 20, Officers with the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit and Patrol Officers conducted an undercover narcotics operation. In an effort to stem the flow of narcotics into the High Country, Detectives arranged for a large quantity of heroin to be delivered to Boone.

During the operation, the subjects fled the scene, resulting in a high-speed car chase through Boone. Boone Police joined in the pursuit and stopped the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Depot and River streets.

Officers took Gilmore, Newsome and Forney into custody. They recovered 50 grams of heroin and a semi-automatic pistol.

Each suspect was jailed under a $250,000 secured bond. They will next appear in District Court on June 18.

The investigation is ongoing. Further arrests are expected.

18-year-old Bradley Allen Caldwell of Boyd Avenue and 17-year-old James Walter Scott of Buffalo Shoals Road, both from Lincolnton, along with 17-year-old John Bishop Ayers of Nine Iron Court and 16-year-old Seth Brendan McCrorie of Old Post Road, both from Denver, have all been arrested on misdemeanor larceny charges in connection to the theft of road signs in Lincoln County. Caldwell was also charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. Two more teens will also be charged.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Frank Runyon said the theft of county signs drastically increased in 2015 with 64 signs reported stolen in the first two months of the year.

Deputies received information in early March that some of the signs were in a wooded area behind Boyd Avenue, east of Boger City. Deputies checked the area, but the only signs that were found at that time belonged to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

On May 13, Officers received additional information that led them to the home of one of the teens. That suspect took Detective Runyon to a nearby location in a wooded area at the end of Raintree Lane where the signs were found hidden under a pile of lumber. Signs from Diesel Drive, Unity Church Road, Rufus Road and Optimist Club Road (among others) were recovered and returned to the Lincoln County Planning & Inspection Department’s Sign Division. The stolen signs were valued at $3,500. In all, Detectives have recovered 35 county road signs. They also recovered a Neighborhood Watch sign and a Speed Limit sign.

Most of the road signs recovered was stolen from eastern Lincoln County. Officers are following up on new leads regarding signs stolen in western Lincoln County.

The four teens arrested have been released on an unsecured bond. Caldwell and Ayers both have court dates coming up on June 19, while Scott and McCrorie are due in court on June 5.

Hickory Police received reports of three bomb threats last night (May 20). In all three cases, the calls came from a private number and were made by a male caller who said that there was a bomb at each location he called.

The first call came in at 7:38 p.m. at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. The second call, received at 9:20 p.m. was at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W., followed by a third call at the Dollar General store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. That call came in at 9:58 p.m.

The two Wal-Mart stores were evacuated. The Dollar General store was already in the process of closing for the evening.

Police responded to all three locations. No evidence of any explosives was found.

Anyone with information regarding the bomb threats should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

33-year-old Raymond Dewayne Ramseur has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on five counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine and sale & delivery of cocaine, as well as one count each for the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and felony possession of cocaine.

Early yesterday morning (May 19), the Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigation Unit and members of the Sheriff’s Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Lerain Court in Statesville. The warrant stemmed from a month-long investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the south Statesville area. During the investigation, numerous purchases of crack cocaine were made from Raymond Dewayne Ramseur at multiple locations.

Ramseur and two other individuals were present when Investigators entered the home. A search was conducted and several items consistent with the sale of crack cocaine were located and seized.

Ramseur was placed under a $150,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

Ramseur has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation for two counts of possession with intent to sell cocaine.

31-year-old Holli Heather Hawkins of Chuckwood Road in Mooresville was arrested Monday (May 18) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault on a government official, malicious conduct by a prisoner, simple assault and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer.

At 7:18 a.m. Monday, Deputies Larry Barger and Justin Betts responded to Hawkins’ residence in reference to a possible overdose. The Deputies found Holli Hawkins at the back of the residence. As they walked over to assist her in getting up, Hawkins jumped up and pushed Deputy Betts and then struck him in the face.

Hawkins was taken into custody and jailed under a $260,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 20).

37-year-old Melissa Ann Shoemaker of Old Tavern Lane in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon (May 19) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Events leading to her arrest began on May 15 as management at the Rent-a-Center in Hickory reported that Shoemaker had rented a laptop computer and a tablet and failed to make payments. The manager was unable to locate Shoemaker or the missing items.

An investigation revealed that the items had been pawned at a local pawnshop. The tablet was recovered.

Shoemaker was taken into custody without incident at Hickory City Hall and confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for Friday (May 22) in Newton.

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40-year-old Regina Elaine Williams of Crawford Street in Winston-Salem was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (May 19) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

She was arrested after Police responded to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. Williams allegedly took pool chemicals from the shelves without paying and returned them in exchange for a gift card. She then used the gift card to purchase four Clorox tablets, while requesting the remaining balance in cash.

Williams was stopped outside the store by Loss Prevention and Hickory Police Officers. A search of her purse turned up 0.8 grams of crack cocaine, resulting in her arrest on the felony drug charge.

Additional charges may be pending.

Williams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

33-year-old Jennifer Ann Barlow of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night on one felony count of failure to appear.

The charge comes in connection to an incident on November 11 of last year in which Barlow allegedly took shoes and a bracelet from the Rugged Wearhouse store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was charged with larceny by anti-inventory device and damage to real property with will & wanton disregard.

Barlow was taken into custody without incident at her residence yesterday. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for Friday (May 22).

27-year-old Christopher James Medeiros of Barber Loop in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony assault on a government official, malicious conduct by a prisoner, misdemeanor speeding to elude arrest, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

At about 1:30 Sunday afternoon (May 17), the Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call on Barber Loop. Deputy R.B. Xerri responded and spoke to the reporting party. The suspect had threatened to shoot a resident at the caller’s home.

While the Deputy was on scene the suspect drove by the caller’s house at a high rate of speed. Deputy Xerri got into his patrol car in attempt to stop the suspect. The suspect fled the area, striking a garbage can and a mailbox as the Deputy pursued. The suspect turned on to a dead end road. The suspect then resisted arrest and squared off with Deputy Xerri to fight. The suspect struck the Deputy with a closed fist in the face.

Christopher James Medeiros was then taken into custody with the assistance of several area residents. The suspect repeatedly spit on the Deputy and attempted to grab his duty belt.

Medeiros was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given a $5,000 secured bond. He was given an additional $1,000 bond for charges from the State Highway Patrol for driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. Court dates were scheduled for June 3 and June 18.

The South Fork Volunteer Fire Department in Lincoln County has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal in the amount of $55,500 for the purchase of a breathing air compressor system. The grant is a 50-50 match, with the state paying $27,750 and the fire department paying $27,750.

The breathing air compressor system will give the department the ability to refill air bottles used for firefighting and rescue incidents with safe, clean air. The system replaces a mobile air truck that was 31 years old and was placed out of service last year due to safety and mechanical concerns.

The annual state grants are intended to provide funding for needed equipment to volunteer departments with limited budgets.