The body of a missing Morganton man has been found in Catawba County.

36-year-old Christopher James “Chris” Chambers had been reported as a missing person after he was last seen on Sunday, September 3, at the Fed-Ex Ground facility on Amity Street in Newton, near Steve White Motors, just off of Highway 70.  A family member told WHKY that Mr. Chambers' body was found last night (September 7) in the area behind the Fed-Ex facility

An autopsy has been scheduled.  No additional details are available at this time.

39-year-old James Daniel Terry of Lindsay Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police last night (September 7) on charges of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was originally arrested on March 9 of this year in connection to an incident on the same date.  Following a traffic stop on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard near “F” Avenue Drive S.E., Officers found 3.0 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Terry was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 9:50 last night at a shopping center on N.E. Springs Road.  Following his arrest, Terry was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond.  A Superior Court date was scheduled today in Newton.

32-year-old James Vincent Rinkines, who is the suspect in the murder of 36-year-old Tony Ly, has been arrested in Baltimore, Maryland.  He has been charged with murder.  His girlfriend, Rose Shutz, has also been arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact.  The two were taken into custody today (September 8) by Maryland Transportation Authority Police.  They are currently being held in Baltimore.

At about 10 p.m. Wednesday (September 6), Catawba County Sheriff's Officers found Mr. Ly deceased outside a home on the 5300 Block of Whitener Road, south of Hickory.  Rinkines was quickly identified as the suspect.

24-year-old Lanikqua Chaneise Caldwell of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory and 27-year-old Michael Thomas Woods of Carver Street in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 yesterday afternoon (September 5).  Caldwell was charged with felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  Woods was charged with felony possession of a firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.

Their arrests came when Police stopped a 1994 Mercury Marquis on the 200 block of 5th Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  Woods, the driver, had a concealed handgun.  Caldwell, the front passenger, had controlled substances on her person.

Both suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Caldwell set at $10,000, secured, while Woods was given a $1,000 secured bond.  Both have since been released.  Caldwell and Woods were each scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

40-year-old Andririan Demonz Woods of 2nd Street S.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 Sunday morning (September 3) on charges of felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, possess of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to Woods’ arrest began Sunday when Hickory Police responded to a reported armed robbery at Clark Tire on South Center Street.  During the investigation, Officers determined that the victim’s statement was not accurate.  55-year-old Danny L. Lee of Henry River Road in Hickory was arrested for misdemeanor filing a false police report.

Woods, who had been accused of stealing Lee’s scooter, was located.  On his person, Police found drug paraphernalia, an H&R .32 caliber revolver, 0.2 grams of crack cocaine, 0.4 grams of cocaine and ammunition.

Woods was taken into custody after a brief foot chase at the Sunny Valley housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (September 5) in Newton.

Lee was processed and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond.  He’ll appear in court on October 5.

30-year-old Melissa Yvonne Wilkinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:05 a.m. Friday (September 4) on felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, forgery of bank notes and obtaining property by false pretense, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.  On August 7, she was charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation.  The other warrants for her arrest were issued in Burke County on August 17.

Wilkinson was taken into custody on the 1,300 block of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $46,500, secured.  She has since been released.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Morganton.

37-year-old James Kelly Lynch of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 Friday night (September 1) for failure to appear on one felony count each for the sale of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin.  The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 14.

Lynch was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on October 2 in Newton.

24-year-old Donovon Tyrell Lortz of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 2 p.m. Friday (September 1) for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance.  He was also arrested on a long list of outstanding warrants.  Lortz was wanted on an order for arrest for possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, plus grand jury indictments on three felony counts each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.  He was also wanted on orders for arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.  In addition, Lortz faces charges for D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.

Some of the charges date back to July of 2016 when Officers saw Lortz, who was wanted on outstanding warrants at that time, in the area of the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on the 800 block of 1st Street S.E.  A handgun was found during that July 2016 arrest.  He was arrested Friday when Hickory Police responded to reports of a person with outstanding warrants at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.  Lortz was located and taken into custody without incident.  0.8 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) were found at that time.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $306,000 secured bond.  District Court dates were set for today (September 5) and September 14, with Superior Court dates on October 2 and November 6, all in Newton.

57-year-old Randy Lee Rinck, Sr. of Keener Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.  He was also charged with driving while license revoked.

At about 8:45 Saturday evening (September 2), Lincolnton Police responded to a reported vehicle theft on Bonview Avenue in Lincolnton.  The victim said she saw Randy Lee Rinck, Sr. steal her vehicle.  The Officer relayed vehicle and suspect descriptions and a possible direction of travel to other Lincolnton Police units.

Within minutes of the theft, Officers spotted Rinck and the stolen vehicle at a residence on Keener Road.  The vehicle was returned to the owner with no damage.  Rinck was taken into custody without incident.

Rinck was taken in front of a Lincoln County Magistrate and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $7,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (September 5).

Rinck has prior convictions for D.W.I., driving while license revoked, possession of marijuana, communicating threats, possession of drug paraphernalia, fishing without a license, reckless driving and other traffic-related offenses.

Friday, 01 September 2017 11:54

Newton Man Arrested in Hickory on Meth Charge

28-year-old Michael Anthony Alvarez of West 10th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just before 4 a.m. today (September 1) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. According to Police reports, he was in possession of 0.10 grams of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

Alvarez was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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