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58-year-old Dennis James McElrath of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 25) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. At the same, 23-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began at about 1 a.m. today when Officers on foot patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room. Police obtained and executed a search warrant at about 3 a.m. McElrath, Chisholm and a female subject were in the room.

Officers entered the room, where they heard a toilet flushing. Police then retrieved a baggie containing 1.9 grams of cocaine from the toilet. A search of the room turned up a tray with a straw and 0.1 grams of cocaine, as well as a marijuana grinder.

McElrath was charged for the drugs and Chisholm was arrested on the outstanding warrants, which were issued on April 6 and April 13. The female was not charged.

The two men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McElrath set at $2,500, secured, while Chisholm was given a $3,200 secured bond. McElrath was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Chisholm has a court date the following day.

50-year-old Bryan Edward Pitts of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (May 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

The charges are in connection with a May 12 break-in and larceny from an outbuilding in the 900 block of Tallent Road in Vale.
Deputies were dispatched to the area after a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area and a man entering an outbuilding. The victim told deputies that a number of tools and yard equipment valued at more than $1,600 had been stolen.

Detective Matt Burgess began the investigation by checking for the stolen property on a pawn shop data base and discovered some equipment matching the stolen items sold by Bryan Edward Pitts at a pawn shop in Lenoir. Detective Burgess recovered the stolen items from the pawn shop and returned them to the owner. He also contacted the suspect who admitted to taking the items and who agreed to return the remaining property.

Pitts returned the remaining items to the detective, including some the owner did not know were missing. Pitts was processed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center before being released on a $2,500 secured bond. He was scheduled for a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Wednesday, May 25).

47-year-old Todd Geoffery Blackburn, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 p.m. on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Target store shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon. A Loss Prevention Officer saw a male subject concealing items and walking out of the store without paying. The items included a purse, a woman’s bookbag, two watches, sunglasses, tennis shoes and a ballcap.

The subject left the premises. A photo was distributed among Police Officers, who spotted the man less than 40 minutes later. The suspect, Todd Blackburn, was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. An first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 13:57

Boone Man Killed in Tuesday Traffic Accident

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32-year-old Justin Dempsey Shook of Boone died as the result of a motor vehicle collision in Boone yesterday (May 24). At 11:37 Tuesday morning, Boone Police, the Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics responded to the intersection of East King Street and N.C. Highway 194 where a moped driven by Mr. Shook collided with a tractor-trailer.

Boone Police are investigating.

22-year-old Janeika Shaquia Griggs of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (May 24) on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to at least two incidents that occurred in July 2015. Griggs allegedly wrote worthless checks, deposited them into an A.T.M. and then withdrew an undisclosed sum of cash from the account. An investigation began on August 11, 2015 when Police responded to the Peoples Bank on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in Griggs’ arrest yesterday.

She was taken into custody without incident at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

22-year-old Aishia Marie Pacheco has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of second-degree murder.

At about 6:10 a.m. yesterday (May 24), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding an unresponsive four-day-old infant. The infant’s mother, Aishia Pacheco, was given instructions over the phone to perform C.P.R. E.M.S., first responders and law enforcement arrived at the residence in the Wittenburg Community where they found the infant unresponsive.

Alexander County E.M.S. pronounced the infant deceased at the scene. The child’s body was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for an autopsy.

According to Sheriff Chris Bowman, Pacheco told Detectives the baby had been crying. She picked up the baby and held it against her chest, smothering the child.

Pacheco was arrested and jailed under a $1,000,000 secured bond. Her first District Court appearance was scheduled for June 6 in Alexander County.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:45

Lenoir Man Charged With Stealing From Employer

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29-year-old Timothy Lee Andrews II of Tara Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee and misdemeanor cyberstalking. Andrews was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,750 secured bond. District Court dates are set for Thursday (May 26) and June 16.

38-year-old Thomas Sheldon Whittington of 19th Street in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 24) in Caldwell County by North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers. Whittington is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution. In addition, Whittington is charged with possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked, and open container. Whittington's information states that bond was set at $25,000 secured along with a custody release. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Tuesday, his next District Court date is July 11.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:16

Newton Woman Charged With Forgery Offenses

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28-year-old Amber Leann White of North Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (May 24) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument. White was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, May 25).

The Run For The Wall (RFTW) motorcycle entourage will be passing through Hickory today (Wednesday, May 25) between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  

A volunteer group of school children and adults with home made signs will be at Exit 121 of I-40. They include “Welcome Home” signs among others. The Hickory Fire Department will have a huge American Flag on display on the Center Street overpass of I-40.

The Run For The Wall is to keep the issues of POWs, MIAs and KIAs before the American Public. The run concludes in Washington, DC at the Vietnam War Memorial. More details on the RFTW can be obtained at RFTW.org. The Midway Route is the group that is coming through Hickory. There will be approximately 200 plus motorcycles in this group.

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