Hickory Police are investigating a robbery that happened early Wednesday morning at the CVS store on 2nd Street N.E. The incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. when a subject at the front counter was approached by a female employee. The subject, believed to be a white male, demanded money. He left the store with an undisclosed sum of cash and fled on foot. No weapon was displayed.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 70 S.E., near the Hickory Furniture Mart. The incident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. yesterday (December 14).
Police say a black male came into the hotel under the pretense of booking a room. He then displayed a knife to a female employee and went around the front desk. The suspect demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed sum of cash, the man fled the scene in a passenger vehicle.
The hotel employee was not injured.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
A missing Caldwell County woman has been found and is reported to be safe. 32-year-old Carrie Elizabeth Gross of Lenoir, who was reported missing on Tuesday, December 13th, was located late yesterday and is reported to be fine.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that they would like to thank all the concerned citizens who shared her picture and called in information to the Sheriff’s Office.
No further information will be released.
40-year-old Ronda Elaine Childress of Whitetail Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Childress was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15).
22-year-old Tristan Michael Smith of Rhodes Street in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with first degree arson.
On Wednesday at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received information of the possible location of Tristan Michael Smith who was wanted in connection with an intentional fire that was set at Carillon Assisted Living in November. The information provided was then relayed to the Lincoln County Communications Center who then relayed the information to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers found Smith at approximately 4:40 p.m. and took him into custody without incident. Smith was transferred to the custody of the Lincolnton Police Department. Smith was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15) in Lincoln County District Court.
Claremont Police Officers responded to Claremont Elementary School this morning after a suspicious package was found outside the building. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut spoke with Claremont Police Chief Gary Bost, he told Fentress his officers responded to the school at approximately 6:30 a.m. Chief Bost said he did not believe that the package was dangerous, and it turned out it was not. Officers took precautionary measures and evacuated the school. A bomb squad checked out the school and gave the all clear. Bus riders were taken to St. Marks Church on buses, most students who were car riders were told to turn around before school started. Classes were scheduled to resume at 10:15 a.m.
The N.C. Department of Transportation this week announced the division level transportation projects that are anticipated to be included in the state's next draft 10-year transportation plan, which will be released in January 2017. The plan includes the years 2018 through 2027. Those projects include improvements to roadways in Catawba and Iredell Counties.
One transit, three bicycle and pedestrian, one aviation and 13 highway projects are expected to be funded at the division level for Division Twelve, which consists of Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln counties.
The projects include:
Improving an existing 3.7-mile section of N.C. 127 between Cloninger Mill Road in Catawba County and U.S. 64/90 in Alexander County. The “A” section of the project includes upgrades to improve traffic operations and safety between Cloninger Mill Road and Richey Road.
Widening an existing 3.2-mile section of the Eastside Thoroughfare/McDonald Parkway from Springs Road to N.C. 127 in Catawba County.
Widening a section of U.S. 21 between N.C. 150 and Medical Park Road in Iredell County to a four-lane divided roadway, including operation improvements at ramp intersections with N.C. 150
A complete list of projects can be found at www.ncdot.gov/STI.
The projects are being paid for under the state’s Strategic Transportation Investments law, which allows the department to use data and local input to fund transportation projects at three levels: statewide, regionally and locally, also referred to as being at the division level.
26-year-old Jonmykal Aaron Chester of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony copunts of trafficking in heroin or opium and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance. Chester was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.
43-year-old Crystal Dawn Hamby of Horseshoe Bend Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Hamby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15).
24-year-old Jamie Lee Lamp and 27-year-old Amber Ann Houser, both of Homestead Road in Union Grove were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Manufacture Marijuana, Possess Drug Paraphernalia, Maintain a Dwelling for Controlled Substance, and Injury to Real Property.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (December 14), Providence Church of the Living God at 3534 Hickory Highway in Statesville was broken into during the week of October 16. The suspects forced entry into the church by breaking the lock from the front doors. Once inside the church, the thieves removed a complete drum set and some microphone equipment from the stage. The case was forwarded to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division for further investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office was contacted last week by Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives who were also investigating some church break-ins. Suspects were developed in the cases and last Friday (December 9), Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Wilkes and Yadkin County Sheriff’s Offices with a search warrant at a residence located at 134 Homestead Road in Union Grove.
Inside the residence, Officers recovered several stolen pieces of electronics and music equipment including the drum set that was stolen from the church. Along with stolen property, Deputies also discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana plants growing inside the home. Both occupants of the home were arrested.
Both Lamp and Houser are currently being held in Wilkes County Jail and will be facing charges in Iredell and Yadkin Counties.
A pedestrian who was struck by a train in Morganton in November has passed away. The Morganton Department of Public Safety issued a news release Wednesday (December 14) with an update.
On November 27, Public Safety was notified that Leigh Singley of Morganton, had passed away while at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. This was a result of an accident on November 3 in which Singley was struck by a Norfolk Southern train near the Morganton Depot. There are no further details at this time.
46-year-old Gary Lynn Overcash, Jr. of Statesville, who was wanted in connection to the December 11 robbery of the Denver Mart Highway 16 North in Denver, was arrested Wednesday (December 14) in Statesville. Details on the arrest are not available. The warrant from Lincoln County will be served by authorities in Iredell County.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Snellings charged Overcash with one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The suspect allegedly took $109 from the cash register at the Denver Mart. During the robbery, the suspect had his hand in his pocket and told the clerk he had a gun. Overcash then fled the scene toward Highway 16.
Overcash is also facing a number of charges in Iredell County, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing a law enforcement officer to elude arrest, attempted common law robbery, larceny, communicating threats and traffic violations.
The City of Refuge After School Program provides students from 1st through 5th grades with mentoring, tutoring and an after school snack every Tuesday through Thursday during the school year, free of charge. The program has helped at-risk-youth in the Ridgeview Community for over 12 years.
The City of Refuge After School Program runs solely off of donations from everyday people and various local businesses like Food Lion and the Olive Garden.
The public is invited to meet Directors Angela Heard & Renetta Hamrick and some of the young people in the program during their annual Spirit Night fundraiser. The event will take place from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Highway 127 in Viewmont.
A portion of the restaurant’s sales receipts during that time will go to help with school supplies, field trips and transportation needs.
For more information, contact Ms. Heard at 828-328-3264.
32-year-old Jonathan Lee Chapman of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (December 13) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
He was arrested in connection to a 2011 case in which the owners of a residence on 10th Street S.E. in Hickory came home and noticed that their T.V. was gone. They found that someone had entered the residence through a rear door. Some time later, the T.V. was pawned by Jonathan Chapman and warrants for his arrest were issued.
Chapman was taken into custody at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $3,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
A Lincolnton man is being sought by authorities in an arson case.
On the early morning hours of Monday, November 14, the Lincolnton Fire Department and Lincolnton Police Department units responded to Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton, 440 Salem Church Road for a suspicious fire call. Upon arrival, LFD quickly extinguished the fire. Additionally, fire and police units assisted Carillon personnel in removing residents from the building. There were no injuries. $5,000 in damage was done. Following an investigation, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set.
A warrant was secured for 22-year-old Tristan Michael Smith of Lincolnton for First Degree Arson. He is described as a white male, 6’03”, 148 lbs., brown hair, hazel eyes. Smith is possibly living on the 300 block of East Rhodes Street in Lincolnton. He may be operating a 2005 Jeep Liberty, silver or gold in color with a North Carolina license tag reading DJZ-1805, or a 2008 Kia Spectra, unknown color, four door vehicle with a North Carolina license tag reading of BJJ-8490.
If anyone has any information about Smith’s whereabouts, please contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909.
33-year-old Patrick Michael Robbins of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night on a long list of charges. The latest charges against Robbins include trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, carrying a concealed gun and resisting a public officer. He also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges of trafficking in opium or heroin (two counts); the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance; resisting a public officer; and defrauding drug & alcohol screening tests. In addition, there were outstanding warrants for a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation, driving while license revoked (two counts), failure to heed a light or siren, failure to stop for a steady red light, failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle (two counts), driving left of center, reckless driving to endanger (two counts), speeding (two counts), unsafe passing over a yellow line (two counts) and possession of firearm by felon.
He was arrested after Police were made aware that Robbins was at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Officers located Robbins, who then fled briefly on foot, but was quickly taken into custody. On his person, Officers found two packages containing china white heroin with a total weight of 16.6 grams, a baggie containing six grams of powder cocaine, 4.9 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a stun gun.
Robbins was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total secured bond of $999,000. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton. He has additional District Court dates on January 5, 9 & 19, plus a Superior Court appearance on February 6.
45-year-old Robbie Loyd Wike of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 25 counts of first degree statutory sex offense.
According to the Taylorsville Times, the incidents occurred in the Bethlehem Community. The victim was reportedly under the age of 12. The Times report says that the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety lists Wike as being on probation due to a September 2016 conviction in Alexander County. He was convicted in 2013 of indecent liberties with a child.
Bond was set at one-million dollars. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, his next appearance is scheduled for District Court next Monday (December 19).
27-year-old Seth Dixon Stepp of Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Stepp was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for January 9.
23-year-old Kacy Jebraun Corpening of Wellington Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and alter or remove a gun's serial number. Corpening was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for January 3.
The Lincolnton Police Department has conducted several online sex predator stings by undercover detectives over the last two months. The operation targeted offenders who communicated with undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys on various social media sites. During the operation, the offenders made arrangements to meet the undercover detectives posing as the underage children to engage in illegal sexual activity with the children. According to a news release issued Tuesday (December 13), as a result of the operation, six men were recently arrested and charged.
49-year-old Scott Philip Brule of Dallas, N.C. was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing and Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor. His bond was set at $20,000 secured.
53-year-old Roger Wayne Collins of Fort Mill, S.C. was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. His bond was set at $50,000 secured.
28-year-old Caleb Leslie Disorda of Vale was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. $30,000 secured bond was set for Disorda.
42-year-old Christopher William Lowe of Stanley was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. His bond was set at 80,000 secured.
47-year-old James Silas Ritter, III of Indian Trail was charged with Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing. Ritter's bond was set at $70,000 secured.
51-year-old John Dixon Woods of China Grove was charged with
Solicit a Minor by a Computer for Unlawful Sexual Activity and Appearing and Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor. His bond was set at $50,000 secured.
These six arrests make a total of 21 offenders arrested in online sex predator stings by the Lincolnton Police Department in 2016 and more than 40 total since the Lincolnton Police Department has been conducting such operations. According to the news release, out of the previously arrested offenders, only one has been found not guilty. All of the other offenders have either plead guilty to the charges or were found guilty in jury trials.