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Friday, 02 October 2015 14:08

Florida Man Arrested in Hickory on Drug Charges

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53-year-old Michael James Vassil of Margate, Florida was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Officers on patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled marijuana coming from a hotel room. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.01 grams of crack cocaine, 0.9 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Vassil was one of five subjects in the room. He took responsibility for the drugs. The other subjects present were not charged.

Vassil was taken into custody without incident at 1:47 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

17-year-old Tristan Alexander Erdman of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o’clock last night (October 1) on two felony counts each of larceny after breaking & entering and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.

He was arrested in connection to vehicle break-ins on September 26 & 30 at the parking deck in downtown Hickory. On the 26th, a Bluetooth speaker, earrings and some chance were taken. A car charger and some cigarettes were stolen in the second incident. One vehicle was locked and one was not.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage and were able to identify Erdman as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory.

Erdman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 02 October 2015 12:53

Lenoir Woman Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

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19-year-old Destiny Marie Cozart of Lady Bug Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Cozart was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make her first District Court appearance Thursday (October 1). Her next appearance in District Court is scheduled for December 17.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution of intent to sell or convey Catawba County Home Health, when it meets beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday (October 5), at the Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Development Innovation Center at 2601 21st Street Drive SE in Hickory. The Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed sale at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 2, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 N. College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also consider a proposed Economic Development Agreement Monday between the County and Axjo America, Inc., which plans to up-fit and/or equip an existing manufacturing facility in Conover, invest a minimum of $11.1 million, and create 14 new jobs and retain 15 existing jobs over five years. And the Board will receive from the County Tax Collector the annual Fiscal Report and Settlement of 2014 taxes for Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The 9:30 a.m. regular meeting will take place during the Board’s day long retreat at the Workforce Development Innovation Center that will begin at 8 a.m. with an update of progress Emergency Management has made in meeting a Board goal to, “review the County’s emergency management program for improvements designed to provide efficient and effective pre-hospital emergency services, reduce loss of life and human suffering, minimize property damage and protect areas from disasters”. After the regular meeting at 9:30 a.m., the Board will discuss setting a vision for the County; the Board’s goals for Fiscal Year 2016-2017; code enforcement; the Board’s regular meeting space; economic develpoment incentives; sharing among commissioners of information about the boards and committees on which they serve; and an update on preliminary plans and a schedule for a planned Mountain Creek Park.

Caldwell County Emergency Services is asking citizens to prepare for possible flooding due to heavy rain that is expected to fall beginning today (Friday, October 2) and lasting through the weekend.

Emergency personal in Caldwell County including fire, rescue, law enforcement and EMS met this morning for a briefing on the current forecast and to make preliminary plans to handle potential emergency situations as they arise over the course of this storm. The Caldwell County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated as conditions warrant.

Citizens are asked to please be prepared for heavy rain resulting in flooding, power outages, trees down, etc. Everyone should have a plan as to what they will do in an emergency and have on hand water, imperishable food and prescription medicines for each person in their household to last several days.

For more information on what to have on hand and how to prepare, go to www.readync.org and click on Plan and Prepare.

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for emergency weather alerts on the CodeRed warning system for Caldwell County. To sign up, go to the Caldwell County website at www.caldwellcountync.org and and click on the CodeRed link on the front page.

34-year-old Melissa Sue Orduna of Sandhill Court in Hudson was arrested Thursday (October 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one felony count of identity theft. Orduna was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (October 5).

35-year-old Bradley Scott Ashley of Gentry Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony solicit a child by computer with the purpose of committing a sex act and appearing. Ashley was also charged by Probation and Parole officers with probation violation. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday (October 5).

Counties in the Greater Hickory Metro and much of western North Carolina have been placed under a flash flood watch through 8 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The weather service says a period of heavy rainfall will begin today (Friday, October 2) and continue through the weekend.

A news release issued by the City of Morganton advises residents living in lowlands and near streams and rivers to keep an eye on their surroundings, and be prepared to take action if flooding occurs. As always, if residents have an emergency, they should call 911.

A “Flood Watch” is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding, and residents are encouraged to be prepared. A “Flood Watch” does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

If flooding is imminent or occurring, the NWS will issue a “Flood Warning,” and residents should take action to avoid flood waters. A “Flash Flood Warning” is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. Residents living in a flood prone areas should immediately move to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

27-year-old Chadrick Eugene Ikard of 9th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested this morning (Friday, October 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He was charged with felony first-degree kidnapping, felonious restraint, misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun and a domestic violence protective order violation.

He was arrested in connection to a domestic assault that occurred on July 27 of this year involving Ikard and his ex-girlfriend. Ikard allegedly forced the victim into a car against her will and drove around for several hours. He stopped at a convenience store and went inside. At that point, the victim drove away.

Investigators submitted a prosecution summary. Warrants for Ikard’s arrest were issued on September 16. He turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters this morning at about 1:40. The assault by pointing a gun charge was based on an outstanding warrant not related to the domestic dispute.

Ikard was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $32,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today with District Court dates coming up on October 7 and November 6.

32-year-old Phillip Christopher Mahaffey of Squire Court in Statesville was arrested last Sunday (September 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of second degree kidnapping, two counts of assault on a female, communicating threats, and assault with a deadly weapon.

On Sunday the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Domestic Dispute at 146 Monica Drive in Statesville. The victim reported that she had been assaulted numerous times by her husband Phillip Mahaffey, over the course of two days. The assaults began at 112 Squire Court last Saturday (September 26). According to the victim, Mahaffey grabbed her and pulled her onto the floor. Mahaffey then proceeded to pin her to the ground with his knee in her back, grabbed her by the head and repeatedly hit her face into the floor. When the victim eventually broke free she went to retrieve her phone to call for help. Before she could call 911 Mahaffey broke her phone and then removed the battery from the house phone so it could not be used.

The victim stated Mahaffey left the residence that night, but returned early the following morning on September 27, 2015. Mahaffey again assaulted his wife. She stated he pushed her against the kitchen counter and placed a knife to her neck and told her he was going to kill her. He then stuck the knife to her chest and told her he was going to cut her heart out. The victim made an attempt to run out of the front door to get help. Mahaffey pushed her from behind knocking her to the floor before she could make it of the doorway. Mahaffey sat on top of her restricting her movement, grabbed her by the throat and began to strangle her. Mahaffey finally stopped assaulting her and left the residence.

The victim stated she went to another family member’s home and Mahaffey came to this residence as well. He forced his way into the residence and entered the home, looking for their son who was not there. He also broke the windshield on one of their vehicles and then left the residence. At this point, the victim called 911. Sheriff’s Office Deputy Cameron Kerley arrived on scene and later located Mahaffey and filed the charges against him.

Mahaffey was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under $120,000 bond. His next appearance is scheduled for District Court October 19.

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