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18-year-old Isaiah Scott Beck, 20-year-old Javier Isaiah Holloway and 18-year-old Daniel Alejandro Silva, all from Lexington, N.C., have been arrested by Boone Police.  They were each charged with two counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.  Beck and Holloway were also each charged with one misdemeanor count of assault of a female.

They were arrested in connection to an incident yesterday (April 27) in which Boone Police responded to an address on Stoneybrook Court where a victim was reportedly robbed at gunpoint.  Based on sightings by residents and other investigative work, Police were able to take the three suspects into custody.

Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford expressed his appreciation to citizens who called the police department with information assisting in the apprehension of the suspects.

All three suspects were jailed with bond for each set at $100,000, secured.  They will each appear in court on June 1.

The incident remains under investigation.  Anyone with information should call Boone Police Detective Jason Reid at 828-268-6900.

33-year-old Brian Sipe of Bellington, West Virginia, 22-year-old Nicholas Owens and 22-year-old Logan Powell, both of Elkins, West Virginia, were all arrested Thursday (April 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Sipe is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Owens is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Powell is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.  

According to a news release, on Thursday members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a Ford Fusion on Interstate 77 South bound near the 59 mile marker for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop, deputies spoke with all three occupants of the vehicle. During the conservation, deputies searched criminal databases and noticed the men had prior drug histories. When asked if a consent search of the vehicle was possible, permission was given.

During the search a concealed handgun was located under the driver’s seat as well as the front passenger seat. The suspects were detained and the search continued. About a gram of methamphetamine and a device used to smoke methamphetamine was located along with a sawed off shotgun.

All three occupants were transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit Office where they were questioned about the items which had been located.
They were then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.

Sipe's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Owens bond was set at $5,000 secured. Bond for Powell was set at $5,000 secured. Sipe was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, April 28). Owens and Powell are scheduled to appear in District Court May 31.

Friday, 28 April 2017 11:58

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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27-year-old Mary Elizabeth Driver of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 28) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was taken into custody without incident at about 3:10 a.m. today in the vicinity of a car wash on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Driver was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,000, secured. She has since been released. Driver was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

27-year-old Michael Leon Travis of Oakwood Avenue in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (April 27) for failure to appear on two felony counts each of larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus failure to appear on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and obtaining property by false pretenses.  In addition, he was charged with failure to appear for habitual larceny and failure to appear on two unspecified special indictments.

At least some of the charges stem from an incident the occurred in August of 2013 when a laptop computer was reported missing from a residence.  Travis was originally arrested on August 30, 2013.

He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory.  Travis was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in Superior Court on June 5 in Newton.

Friday, 28 April 2017 10:37

Caldwell Commissioners To Meet Monday

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The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday evening (May 1).

There are three public hearings scheduled for Monday's meeting. One of the hearings is to receive comments on a request for a special use permit for property on 64-90, the former Mackenzie Nurseries. The other two public hearings are being held to receive comments on a rezoning request and proposed text amendments.

There are seven items for decision on the agenda including the scheduling of a public hearing regarding the establishment of the North Catawba Rescue Service District. In addition, under items for decision, Caldwell County Schools' offer to sell Horizons Elementary School property to the county.

The approval of a permit for Brown Mountain Resort for a fireworks display is among the items on the consent agenda. In addition, a budget work session will be scheduled for June 5.

Monday's Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building in Lenoir.

50-year-old Randy Allen Hilton of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Hilton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for May 1.

53-year-old Jeffery Brent Church of Andria Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Hickory Police Officers.  He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.  He also faces two counts of failure to appear in connection to charges of driving while license revoked and an expired registration card or tag.  In addition, Church was charged as an habitual felon.

The warrants for his arrest were issued in Catawba and Alexander counties in February of this year.  He was delivered to Hickory Police by authorities in Caldwell County without incident at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday at Arby’s on Highway 321 N.W.

The Catawba County drug charges against Church originated from a traffic stop in August of last year.  In the vehicle, Police found one dosage unit of hydrochloride, 21.9 grams of meth, a Phoenix Arms .22 caliber handgun and drug paraphernalia.

Church was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under s $78,000 secured bond.  Superior Court dates were scheduled for today and July 28 in Newton and on May 1 in Lenoir.  He also has District Court dates on May 3 in Statesville, May 15 in Morganton, May 17 in Newton and May 22 in Taylorsville.

Catawba County Commissioners will meet Monday morning (May 1) in regular session.

Among the items on Monday's agenda, Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive comments on an Economic Development Agreement with Room & Board Inc. The company is considering either expanding an existing distribution center in another county or working with the developer The Keith Corporation to construct a new 250,000 square foot facility on 41 acres at the Newton Corporate Center. The facility would be expandable to 400,000 square feet. The Newton Corporate Center is on Highway 10 in front of Target. The company plans to create 13 new jobs over three years.

Also on Monday's Catawba County Commissioners agenda is the presentation of a proclamation recognizing Tourism Month. This will be presented to the Chief Executive Officer of the Hickory Metro Convention Center Mandy Pitts Hildebrand. Commissioners will also hear an update from the Catawba County Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team. This will be presented by Assistant Health Director Jennifer McCracken and Program Manager Jessica Ford.

Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

40-year-old Wendy Angela Fair of Kaylor Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fair's bond was set at $25,000 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (May 1).

37-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Reitzel was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, April 28).

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