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Monday, 26 January 2015 13:38

Two Catawba County Women Arrested at Belk

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29-year-old Yvonne Nicole Engle of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover and 54-year-old Yvonne Rosette Hedrick of 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:50 p.m. yesterday (January 25). They were each charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny. Engle was also charged with misdemeanor aiding & abetting larceny.

They were arrested when Police responded to the Belk store at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall in reference to a shoplifting call. A Loss Prevention Officer reported seeing Engle conceal a scarf and pass the point of sale without paying. The Officer stopped Engle and recovered the merchandise.

Hedrick reportedly took some shirts from the shelves, went to a register and tried to exchange the shirts. She was given a gift card. Loss Prevention stopped Hedrick before she left the store.

Both women were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Engle’s bond was set at $11,000, secured, while Hedrick was given a $6,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

Monday, 26 January 2015 13:12

Few Details Released in Child Abuse Case

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Few details have been released in the arrest of 25-year-old Bradley Alan Henderson of 13th Street S.W. in Hickory. Henderson was arrested just before one o’clock Friday morning (January 23) by Hickory Police on two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

Police say Henderson is the father of the victim, who was described as an infant. At last report, the infant was listed in critical but stable condition.

According to Police reports, Henderson is employed by Bayada Healthcare, a home healthcare company with locations in Hickory and elsewhere in the state. He was taken into custody without incident at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Following his arrest, Henderson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 26), with his next court date coming up on February 13.

21-year-old Robert Speight Felton of Satterwhite Circle in Granite Falls and 19-year-old Tyler Blaine Dotson of Oxford Drive in Hudson, along with 31-year-old Ritchie Alan Souther and 26-year-old Stefany Elizabeth Collins, both of Taylorsville Road in Lenoir, have all been arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.

All four suspects were charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Dotson was also charged with the felonious delivery of marijuana. In addition, Souther and Collins were each charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin.

According to a release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, Felton was suspected of dealing marijuana to high school students in Caldwell County. He was arrested on January 21 after a search was conducted at his home. The search resulted in the discovery of just under a quarter pound of marijuana, a Ruger 9 mm pistol, drug paraphernalia and $177 in cash.

As a result of the investigation that led to Felton’s arrest, I.C.E. Agents with the Sheriff’s Office identified Dotson as the source of Felton’s marijuana. Dotson was arrested on January 22 at his home after he delivered a felony amount of marijuana to an Undercover Officer. Agents obtained and executed a search warrant at Dotson’s home where they found over $1,800 in cash, approximately a quarter pound of high-grade marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Souther and Collins were both suspected of heroin and marijuana distribution. They were arrested on January 23 after a search warrant was executed at their home.

All four suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under. Bond for Felton was set at $50,000, secured. Dotson was given a $100,000 secured bond, while Souther and Collins were each held under a $75,000 secured bond. Felton’s first appearance in District Court was scheduled last Thursday (January 22). The other three suspects were all due in a Lenoir courtroom today (January 26).

I.C.E. Agents are continuing to investigate. Additional charges are possible.

A home was destroyed by fire this morning in Caldwell County. The mobile home on Draco Road east of Lenoir was completely leveled by the blaze. Firefighters were called out at approximately 2:30 this morning. No injuries have been reported. A man, woman, and dog were in the home and were reportedly awakened by smoke alarms and got out safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation, it is believed it started in the area of a wood-burning furnace. WHKY’s Fentress Chestnut is at the scene gathering more information.

37-year-old Julianna Ortiz Mills of M & M Farms Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers last week and charged with sexual activity with a student by a teacher and felony taking indecent liberties with a student by a teacher. Sherriff Darren Campbell stated on January 21 while Deputy C. Kerley was on patrol in the area of Moose Club Road in Troutman, he observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the dead end road of an undeveloped residential area. The deputy observed a female standing outside of the vehicle and a male sitting in the vehicle. Through his investigation, Deputy Kerley discovered that the female, Julianna Ortiz Mills, was a teacher at South Iredell High school and the male was a student at the same school.

The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant C M Benfield of the Special Victims Unit. The student was later interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation, Detective Benfield arrested and charged Mills. The crimes occurred at locations in Iredell County; however, no crimes occurred on school property. The student in this incident is over the age of 16; however, North Carolina law makes it a felony for teachers and other school personnel to have a sexual relationship with a student at the same school, no matter the age of the student. Mills was arrested on both charges and was placed in jail under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 26).

Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies assisted the U.S. Marshal's Office in apprehending a man wanted since 2003 in a Norfolk, Virginia murder. Adam District Deputy J. Lail and Sgt. J. Hutchinson and agents with the U. S. Marshal's Office went to the man's residence at 116 Lakewood Avenue in Lincolnton around 6:30 a.m. Friday (January 23) and took 38-year-old Shawn Terrell Greer into custody without incident. Greer was charged as a fugitive from justice and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center without bond. He was wanted by Norfolk, Virginia Police in connection with a September 2003 incident where the victim was found inside a burning vehicle. Greer is charged in Virginia with murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony. He will be held in the Lincoln County Detention Center until an extradition hearing can be held to return him to Virginia.

Monday, 26 January 2015 06:07

Lenoir Woman Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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27-year-old Chassidy April Hinton of Rays Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 24) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Hinton was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 26).

A man was killed in a weekend accident in Caldwell County. According to a news release from the Hudson Police Department, Saturday (January 24) at approximately 12:35 pm a 2001 Ford Focus being operated by 65-year-old Norman Luther Norris of Lenoir was leaving the campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Norris was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of Hickory Boulevard when he reportedly pulled into the path of a 1998 Ford Windstar being operated by 28-year-old Kisha Lynn Lovins, also of Lenoir. Norris died as a result of injuries that he sustained in the crash. Lovins was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.  No further information was released.

45-year-old Tony Lamonte Fields of East 22nd Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (January 25) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, and assault on a female. Following the arrest, Fields was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 2.

Monday, 26 January 2015 05:29

Claremont Man Charged With Meth Offenses

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39-year-old Mica Nathaniel Falls of White Oak Court in Claremont was arrested Sunday (January 25) by Claremont Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Falls is also charged on a warrant from last year with possession of meth. He was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 26).