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WMNC News, Friday, April 18th

A Caldwell County woman is charged with embezzling from a local cemetery. On March 28th at 11:00 a.m. the Lenoir Police Department received a report of an employee stealing money from the City of Lenoir. Sherry Nichols worked as a customer service representative at the Blue Ridge Cemetery on Wilkesboro Blvd. in Lenoir. According to a news release from the Lenoir Police Department, during the ensuing investigation it was discovered Nichols was indeed stealing City funds generated from sales made at the cemetery. All purchases of lots at the cemetery have been accounted for and no cemetery customers have lost funds that were paid to Blue Ridge Cemetery. Nichols was arrested and charged with felony larceny by employee in excess of $100,000. Her first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday in Caldwell County District Court. Nichols was place in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under a $50,000.00 secured bond. This incident is not related to the larceny of bronze vases which was reported on March 3rd. The investigation into this matter is still ongoing.

The Criminal Investigations Division of the Burke County Sheriff's Office is requesting the help of citizens in identifying a man who is a suspect in various crimes. The suspect's photo has been released by authorities. This person is wearing a dark in color ball cap (sunglasses on top) with a dark coat, blue jeans, and white with blue tennis shoes. In the picture it appears this person also is wearing a Bluetooth devise in his right ear. This individual is being sought in reference to an investigation of the following crimes: Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, Identity Theft, and numerous other charges involving financial crimes. The photograph released by authorities was taken at Quality Mart of Hickory on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd on April 6. If you have any information in regards to the identity of this suspect, please contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigations Division at 828-438-5506 or the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500.

A sex offense charge has been filed against a Catawba County man arrested Thursday. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 30-year-old David Michael Pinkham of Claremont. He's charged with one count of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Following the arrest, Pinkham was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $100,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

 

An assault charge has been filed against a Lincoln County man arrested this morning in Catawba County. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 48-year-old Chad Eric Christopher of Lincolnton. He's charged with one count of assault inflicting serious injury. Following the arrest, Christopher was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $10,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for May 14.