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32-year-old Dontavious Bry Lineberger of Somerset Drive in Catawba was arrested this morning (July 2) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

He was arrested after the Catawba County Special Tactics & Response (STAR) team executed a search warrant at Lineberger’s residence. The residence was secured without incident and the scene was turned over to the Investigators with the Catawba County Drug Task Force and the Hickory Police Department. The task force is made up of Narcotics Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, the Maiden Police Department and Homeland Security.

Seized during the execution of the search warrant were two handguns, two long guns, $317 in cash and 5.4 ounces of crack cocaine, along with multiple sets of digital scales.

Lineberger was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

Authorities have received a number of tips recently on their drug tip line in reference to continuous sales of controlled substances in the Old Catawba Road area. During the past several months, Agents have identified multiple large-scale drug traffickers and residences that are used primarily for the sale and storage of controlled substances.

Since May of this year, Agents have seized nearly seven ounces of crack cocaine, over $16,000 in U.S. Currency and more than ten handguns from two homes within a quarter mile of each other.

26-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson, Jr. of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 2) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and speeding to elude arrest. Johnson was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.

He was arrested at about 3:05 a.m. after Officers stopped a white, 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with a stolen license tag. The vehicle sped away and hit a curb, popping the left front tire. Johnson and another subject jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Johnson was apprehended near the Everette Chevrolet parking lot. He was arrested for possessing one gram of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.

No information is available regarding the second person.

Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,600 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

The Hickory Police Department has reported the discovery of skeletal remains. The remains were found yesterday in a wooded area near U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory, just off of 15th Avenue S.E. Hickory Police were notified of the discovery at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 30).

According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon (July 1) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the remains are those of William Pierre Mayfield, who was last seen alive in Hickory on September 21 of last year.

According to a news release from the Police Department, investigators responded to the scene, along with Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

The remains were collected and sent to the North Carolina State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and positive identification in the case. The cause of death has not been determined at this time. The case is being treated as a homicide. The investigation is continuing.

59-year-old Barry Lee Carter of Woodland Bend Drive in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act.

On June 17 of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a 59-year-old male soliciting sex acts from a 13-year-old child, who was an acquaintance.

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit and the child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed. The offenses allegedly took place from January 1, 2015 through June 26.

As a result of the investigation, Barry Lee Carter was arrested and charged. He was processed and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 1).

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:47

New Jobs Coming to Shelby

The Metal Works Mfg. Co. announced today that they will expand in Cleveland County, creating 86 new jobs in Shelby within the next three years. The Metal Works Mfg. Co’s annual investment in new jobs for the Cleveland County work force will be $3.9 million by the end of 2019. The company will make items for customers such as Boeing, Caterpillar and Bombardier.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage will be $45,393. The average annual wage in Cleveland County is $34,899.

The project was made possible, in part, by an award to the Metal Works Mfg. Co. from the state Job Development Investment Grant program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:19

Hickory Man Indicted on Felony Meth Charges

44-year-old Larry Michael Johnson, Jr. of 32nd Street S.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 9:30 yesterday morning (June 30) on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one felony count of conspiring to traffic in methamphetamine.

He was initially arrested on August 13, 2014 after Officers responded to a vehicle chase that began in Granite Falls. Hickory Police joined the chase at 21st Avenue N.E. and 16th Street N.E. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Sulphur Springs Road where Police found 381 grams of meth and 0.1 grams of heroin.

Johnson was taken into custody yesterday without incident at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building on Main Avenue N.E. and then released under a $7,500 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on July 10 in Newton.

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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:24

Parole Absconder Arrested at Health Dept.

24-year-old Terry Kenneth Ross, Jr. of Stonehaven Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation. In addition, Probation & Parole Officers charged Ross with violating his parole. He had been listed as an absconder by the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety.

He was arrested when Hickory Police responded to a call from Catawba Co. Public Health where Hospital Police detained Ross after he was spotted with a firearm on Health Department property. Police say Ross did not threaten anyone with the weapon and no shots were fired.

There were outstanding warrants for Ross’ arrest on the probation violation. He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today with another court date coming up on July 6.

45-year-old Terrell Richard Sweet of Bynum Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, as well as one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Operating on an anonymous tip, Officers responded to Sweet’s residence, just south of Lincolnton, at about 5:45 Tuesday afternoon (June 30). Officers were given consent to search part of the residence, where they located a small amount of marijuana and other items consistent with drug use and drug sales. Narcotics Investigators then obtained a search warrant for the rest of the residence and outbuildings on the property.

Detectives seized nearly three pounds of marijuana from inside a refrigerator in the outbuilding, along with $1,100 in cash. The marijuana had an estimated value of $3,000 to $4,000.

Sweet was processed at the Lincoln Co. Detention Center and then released after posting an $8,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:47

Murder-Suicide Reported in Morganton

Two people are dead in Morganton in what is believed to be a murder-suicide. Preliminary reports suggest that James “Jim” Young was shot to death Monday night (June 29) by his wife, Laura, who then turned the gun on herself.

Mr. Young’s stepson was home when the shooting occurred, but he was not injured.

Mr. Young was a former oboist with the Western Piedmont Symphony and owned a piano tuning business on Starmount Circle in Morganton.

The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety is investigating.

21-year-old Matthew Allen Hartley of Henderson Street in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of larceny of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule V controlled substance and larceny.

On June 28, Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person call near the Denver Fire Department on Highway 16 Business. Upon arrival, Officers found Matthew Hartley, who appeared to be under the influence. Hartley’s father had called 9-1-1 earlier regarding the theft of his medications and a nine-millimeter handgun. Matthew Hartley took Deputies to a location off of Wexford Lane where they found a bag containing the medication and the firearm, hidden under some leaves.

Hartley was arrested and placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.

The next day, Detective Matt Lykins charged Hartley with breaking into a truck in the 3300 block of Loop Road in Lincolnton. Hartley allegedly took electronics equipment and a GPS unit with a total value of more than $600. The break-in occurred on June 23 and the stolen items were returned to the victim by a third party the next day.

Hartley confessed to the vehicle break-in and was charged with one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where his bond was raised to $120,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today (June 30) with another court date coming up on July 16.