32-year-old Samuel Wade Lawrence of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a reported vehicle break-in at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Samuel Lawrence, who was identified as a suspect. While speaking with Officers, Lawrence fled on foot. He was found and taken into custody at 12:50 a.m. Friday.
Lawrence was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 14) in Newton.
22-year-old Steven Jason Greene and 21-year-old Jeremiah Aaron Moore, both of 3rd Avenue Place S.E., and 24-year-old Damani Yero Spearman of 3rd Avenue S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eleven o’clock Friday morning (August 11). They were each charged with two felony counts of larceny.
The three were arrested in connection to an incident on August 2 when Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny at the Moretz Mills building on 8th Street S.E. Stage monitors, valued at $800 each, were stolen.
The suspects were identified and taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. They were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.
28-year-old Sean Michael Frazier of NE Severt Circle in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Frazier was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
32-year-old Jeffery Daniel Rudisill was arrested Friday (August 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury by strangulation. Rudisill was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 28.
31-year-old Joshua Leroy Felder of NW Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property. Following the arrest, Felder was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a snatch & grab strong-armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop, 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Detectives say two black males entered the store at about eight o’clock this morning (August 14). One man pretended to make a small purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register, one man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner, who grabbed the suspect from behind and took him to the ground.
The suspect got away from the owner and he and the other man ran from the store on foot, going east on Highway 27. A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects, who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.
No one was seriously injured in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
A Hudson man will spend at least seven years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple property crimes by a Caldwell County jury on Friday (August 11).
46-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart Jr. was sentenced to serve an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, at the conclusion of a two-day trial.
Rinehart’s sentence was enhanced by his status as a habitual felon, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, sell or delivery of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for use or storage of a controlled substance. Those offenses occurred in Caldwell County between 1989 and 2008.
Between July 4-10, 2015, Rinehart and a co-defendant, Jason Richard Setser, broke into a rental home on Mount Hermon Road owned by a Burke County couple. The men took items from the home, including antique furniture, electronics, light fixtures and plumbing pipes. They caused extensive damage to the home.
Detectives with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation that led them throughout Caldwell County and resulted in several of the stolen items being found in the Lick Mountain area. Witnesses described items being discarded by the two men and took detectives to a wooded area where the items were stashed. A gas fireplace unit, audio speakers and antique sewing machine were returned to the property owners.
Setser already has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the crimes and currently is in custody.
Det. Ed. Morgan was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the case for the State of North Carolina.
The City of Conover IT Department, in coordination with the Conover Police Department, announces the establishment of a “Safer Trade Zone” in an effort to help keep people safe when making purchase and sale exchanges via internet sites like Craigslist and Facebook Market Place, as well as safe child custody exchanges. This zone is open to the public 24 hours a day for any legal transaction, however making exchanges during daylight hours is always safer. Meeting someone you don’t know in a safe location reduces the chances of victimization and eliminates the need to give a stranger your home address.
Two parking spaces at the City Hall parking lot (under the water tower) have been designated as the ‘Safer Trade Zone” and are clearly marked with blue “Safer Trade Zone” signs. These spots are under 24-hour video surveillance and the close proximity of the Conover Police Department will provide an additional level of security.
37-year-old Michael Adrian Dula of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Friday (August 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
35-year-old Crystal Nina Allen of Hollow Oak Drive in Claremont was arrested Friday (August 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of aid and abet larceny. Allen was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $34,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
31-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (August 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. In addition, Calloway is charged on bills of indictment with three felony counts apiece of identity theft, financial card theft, and financial card fraud. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14), a Superior Court date is set for September 11.
29-year-old Joshua Darrien Little of Travis Road in Conover was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and communicating threats. Following the arrest, Little was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (August 14).
45-year-old Christopher Matthew Hambrick of Floral Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Hambrick was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
37-year-old Rex Leroy Locke of Hopps Lane in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (August 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, and trafficking in amphetamine. Locke was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 14).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (August 15).
Council will consider the "Brunch Bill" at tomorrow night's meeting. Under new business at the Tuesday night meeting, Council will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the consideration of an amendment to the City's Code of Ordinance related to the sale of beer and wine on Sundays. This is related to the North Carolina General Assembly enacting Senate Bill 155, also known as the "Brunch Bill" which authorizes city and county governments to adopt an ordinance to allow alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Senate Bill 155 was enacted on June 29, 2017.
Also under new business tomorrow night, the public hearing for the consideration of amendments to Chapter 4, Animals and Fowl of the Hickory City Code of Ordinance will be continued. The proposed amendments add definitions related to animals and regulate the keeping of large domestic, small domestic, and household animals based upon zoning districts.
The consent agenda includes a pair of items related to the acceptance of bids and awarding of contracts. One of the items is a bid in the amount of $280,761.55 for a 2018 Crane Carrier Cab. The other bid is $242,026.38 for another 2018 Crane Carrier Cab. The equipment is for the city's Residential Solid Waste Division.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
26-year-old Logan Dean Baker of Phillips Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, identity theft, larceny of a motor vehicle and obtain property by false pretense.
On May 31, Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received reports of breaking and entering to motor vehicles and the larceny of debit and credit cards on Huntfield Way in Mooresville. The vehicles were unlocked at the time of the break ins. Detective Patrick Irwin with the Criminal Investigations Division was assigned the case and began speaking with witnesses and community members on Huntfield Way. During the investigation, Detective Irwin discovered that transactions were made on the victim’s credit card after it was stolen at the Mooresville Wal-Mart on Norman Station Boulevard.
Detective Irwin was able to obtain clear video footage of the suspect using the stolen debit cards as well as the vehicle the suspect was driving. The footage was then circulated on social media and Detective Irwin received several responses from citizens of Iredell County stating that the person in the video was a Logan Dean Baker of Phillips Lane in Statesville. Baker's family confirmed that it was him in the video footage and that the vehicle belonged to family members. Baker refused to interview with police regarding the case.
Arrest warrants were obtained on June 14. On Tuesday, after two months of eluding Law Enforcement, Baker was arrested by Salisbury Police. The arrest was made after Statesville Police made a request due to the larceny of a motor vehicle in that city. Bond for Baker was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court date is scheduled for August 25.
37-year-old Bobby Lee Fish was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony discharging a firearm into occupied property. The charge is on a warrant from 2016. Following the arrest, Fish was placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. No court date was listed.
54-year-old Tammy Lynn Crawley was arrested Thursday (August 10) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution. Crawley had previously been charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Crawley was detained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton under $13,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
60-year-old Terry Russell Cooke of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and alter or remove a firearm serial number. Cooke was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
50-year-old Leslea Coffey Prestwood of Berkley Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false prestense, and larceny of motor parts. Prestwood was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (August 10).