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28-year-old Robert Wayne “Robbie” Thomas of Cook Road in Valdese has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on Grand Jury indictments for breaking & entering a residence and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

At about 4:30 p.m. last Thursday (November 6), Thomas was arrested at a residence off of Shoupes Grove Church Road in Hildebran. Detectives had been attempting to locate Thomas in reference to numerous vehicle break-ins that occurred in the central and eastern areas of Burke County. Detectives believe Thomas is responsible for at least 45 vehicle break-ins over the last several months.

Following his arrest, Thomas was given a $40,000 secured bond with an appearance in District Court set for December 1 in Morganton.

20-year-old Terrik Lovon Patterson of Poplar Street in Lenoir, also known as “Tiko,” “T.K.” and “Frank Mula,” has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday, October 18 at the Shop & Save store on Highway 18/64 and Hartland Road in Burke County.

During the early morning hours on October 18, two suspects entered the store and held both clerks at gunpoint. The suspects assaulted both clerks and took an undisclosed amount of cash. Both suspects left the store on foot, heading south towards Morganton.

Detectives later contacted the U.S. Marshals Service in an effort to apprehend Patterson as the result of information suggesting the suspect had fled North Carolina. A tip from Crime Stoppers was received and the information was relayed to the Marshals Service.

U.S. Marshals then contacted Burke County Detectives on the morning of Friday, November 7 with the news that Patterson had been arrested in Chatham County, Georgia. The suspect was found hiding in a laundry hamper in his mother’s residence in Savannah, Georgia. According to the Marshals Service, Patterson’s mother was not cooperative.

The other suspect in the Shop & Save robbery is 22-year-old Roger Joel Harper of Piney Road in Morganton. His status is not known at this time.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Snipes School of Business will hold a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 in celebration of the opening of the Center for Commercial & Social Entrepreneurship (CCSE). Area business, university and local leaders, as well as members of the community, students and faculty are invited to the event.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, a student business showcase will immediately follow. The showcase will highlight the innovative businesses starting on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

For more information, contact Ralph Griffith at 828-328-7985 or ralph.griffith@lr.edu.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:34

Hickory Man Accused of Biting Officer; More

44-year-old Craig Jarvis Patterson of 12th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury. He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Patterson was also arrested on a felony failure to appear warrant for felony possession of cocaine and he was charged on an outstanding warrant for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was taken into custody on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory when Police approached a vehicle there and asked the driver and passenger if they lived at a nearby residence. The passenger, Craig Jarvis Patterson, said “yes,” then exited the vehicle and fled, on foot. Officers fought with Patterson and deployed a taser on the suspect, who then bit an Officer on the right arm. The Officer’s injuries were not severe.

The larceny charge against Patterson came in connection to the theft of meat products from a Food Lion grocery store. A warrant was taken out earlier the same day. The driver, 25-year-old Aaron Paul Mingus of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory, was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property in connection to the same incident.

The stolen vehicle charge against Patterson was the result of the theft of a Chevy Cavalier from a Cupboard Express store at about 12:30 on the afternoon of October 29.

Both suspects were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patterson set at $55,450, secured, while Mingus was given a $1,500 secured bond. Mingus has since been released. Patterson has a District Court date on November 12 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for November 14. Both men also have a District Court date set for December 16.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:21

Sunday Morning Mobile Home Fire May be Arson

Hickory Police are investigating a fire that occurred at a trailer on the 1600 block of 7th Avenue S.W. early Sunday morning. Neighbors reported the fire at 1:15 a.m. Sunday. One neighbor told Police she thought she heard two explosions.

No was living at the trailer, which was being remodeled. The property owner is a 48-year-old Conover man. Damages were estimated at $20,000.

Police say they collected evidence suggesting that an accelerant might have been used.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle. On November 6, the Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding a stolen 1978 GMC Grand Sierra truck. The truck was stolen from the area of Sigmon Drum Road in Bethlehem.

The four-wheel drive truck has N.C. license tag number SWY 7882. It has a maroon body with a white cab and an extra-large, black front bumper.

Anyone with information regarding the truck should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911.

Monday, 10 November 2014 06:57

Hickory Family Displaced by Fire

At 6:52 Saturday night (November 8), Hickory Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 619 12th Street S.W. Upon arrival three minutes later, Firefighters found smoke and fire coming from the mobile home. The family was safely outside the burning residence.

Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two command units. The fire was reported under control in less than ten minutes.

Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and the Hickory Police Department responded to the scene and assisted with the incident. No injuries were reported and damages to the building were considered major.

The Red Cross is helping the occupants, who were displaced.

Fire Investigators say the fire was caused by a child playing with a lighter.

Monday, 10 November 2014 06:52

Morganton Man Convicted of Habitual B&E

24-year-old Bradley Scott Griggs of Old N.C. 18 in Morganton was convicted last week in Burke County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to four counts of habitual breaking & entering. Griggs was sentenced to no less than eight years and no more than 13.5 years in prison. Each count had a sentence of 24 to 41 months, which will run consecutively.

Griggs was indicted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office on numerous breaking & entering charges. He was arrested on June 24 and has remained in custody since his arrest.

Monday, 10 November 2014 06:47

Two Earthquakes Reported Saturday

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, two minor earthquakes were reported this past weekend in the North Carolina mountains and in east Tennessee.

The first occurred Saturday (November 8) in an area about six miles north of Grimsley, Tennessee in Fentress County. It measured 2.5 on the Richter scale.

Later, at about 8:30 Saturday night, a second earthquake was centered about seven miles north of Mars Hill and 22 miles north of Asheville. It was measured at 2.4 on the Richter scale.

No damages were reported.

Morganton City Hall will be closed Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Garbage collection will be affected. The Monday route will be collected Monday. Garbage will not be collected Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday routes will be collected on a one-day delay.