34-year-old Jennifer Michelle Ikard of Frank Crotts Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (August 18) by Granite Falls Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was wanted on a warrant out of Florida. Ikard was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 20) in Lenoir.
37-year-old James Andrew Layton of Kimesville Road in Liberty was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (August 17) for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. Layton was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 20) in Lenoir
22-year-old Devin Tyler Alderman of 21st Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory has been arrested on charges from two local agencies. The Hickory Police Department has charged Alderman with breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. From the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, he faces charges for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alderman was jailed Saturday (August 18) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $20,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 20) in Newton.
25-year-old Richard Owen Smith of Wilkes Grove Church Road in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of possession of methamphetamine, driving while license revoked, failure to maintain lane control and a felony probation violation. Smith is on probation following a January 2018 conviction in Caldwell County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was jailed placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility Saturday (August 18) under a $16,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 20) in Newton. He’ll appear in Superior Court on the probation violation on August 27.
A Lincoln Co. Detention Center inmate has been charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. 35-year-old Rey David Blanco-Palmar, formerly of Kanewood Trail in Lincolnton, has been charged in connection to incidents that occurred sometime between 2011 and 2016.
On July 6 of this year, Detectives received information from the Police Department in St. Charles, Illinois regarding a child sexual assault that took place in Lincoln County. The female victim, now 13 years old and living in Illinois, said during an interview that she had been sexually assaulted by Blanco-Palmar.
She said Blanco-Palmar sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions when she was between the ages of six and 12 years old. The incidents allegedly occurred at the suspect’s residence in Lincoln County. The victim is related to the suspect.
Blanco-Palmar has been incarcerated in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center since his arrest on June 21 of last year on charges of indecent liberties with a child, first-degree sex offense and kidnapping. The suspect was given a $30,000 secured bond on the latest charges, bringing his total bond to $530,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in court on the new charges today (August 20).
21-year-old Sydnei Monae Holley-Sims of Carver Road in Charlotte has been arrested by Hickory Police for felony larceny. She was also arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Holley-Sims was jailed Saturday (August 18) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000. She will appear in District Court on August 22 and August 31.
The fourth annual 2018 Footcandle Film Festival is coming to the Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block the weekend of September 28-30. The festival will bring 37 films to Hickory. Attendees will have the chance to meet some of the filmmakers throughout the weekend. The festival starts at 11 a.m. on Friday with three film selections and will conclude at 7 p.m. on Sunday with an awards ceremony at Moretz Mills.
A complete list of the films, their descriptions and trailers can be found at footcandlefilmfestival.com. Tickets are now available and may be purchased by visiting the same website. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hickory Fire Department has announced that it has hired five new Firefighters.
Kieran Burke has served as a Firefighter for the Bandys Fire Department for four years, where he currently serves as a Captain. He also has previous experience working as a firefighter with the Shelby Fire Department. He is engaged to Jessie Ayers.
Bo Johnson has worked with the Valdese Fire department for over one year. He is married to Caylon and they have four children: Lainey, Taylin, Evan and Rowen.
Prior to employment with the Hickory Fire Department, Mervin Rueda has served as a Firefighter with the St. Stephens Fire Department, where he has been a member for eight years.
Cody Simmons comes to Hickory after more than five years with the Conover Fire Department. He is married to Ashley.
Anthony Michael Smith comes to the department with over four years’ experience. Recently, he worked with the Lenoir Fire Department and for the past year as a Lieutenant with the Granite Falls Fire Department. He is married to Keisha and they have four children: Aubree, Paisley, Asher, and Peyton.
43-year-old Larry Eugene Allen of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police for the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and the manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with non-support of a child.
Allen was jailed yesterday (August 19) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. He’ll also appear in court on the child support charge on August 30.
City of Morganton work crews planned to close Bouchelle Street at 8 a.m. today (August 20) to install a water line and a fire hydrant. The road will be closed at 1st Street and Morehead Street. Residents of the area will still be able to access their homes. All other traffic should find an alternate route.
50-year-old Leigh Michelle Turner of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory has been served bills of indictment by Hickory Police on charges of financial card fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft. She was jailed Saturday (August 18) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (August 20) in Newton.
31-year-old Justin Marqui Caldwell of Ogborn Lane in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 19) on felony counts of interfering with an electronic monitoring device and assault inflicting serious injury on a government official. Caldwell was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.
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32-year-old Charles Bynum Hughes of U.S. Highway 70 West in Hickory is wanted by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office after fleeing from Officers Friday (August 17). He is wanted for felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Hughes also faces charges for felony larceny, financial card fraud, driving while license revoked and fictitious tag, title or registration.
On Friday, a Burke County Deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop after passing Hughes, who was driving a gold Buick. Hughes, who had an active warrant for his arrest, failed to stop. He fled on Causby Road, onto Jamestown Road and then onto Highway 70. The chase ended on Smawley Avenue where Hughes jumped from the vehicle and ran.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Charles Bynum Hughes should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
23-year-old Davonta Everett Rankin of 11th Street in Statesville is wanted by authorities in Iredell County in connection to a break-in at a residence on Chestnut Grove Road.
At about 12:15 yesterday afternoon (August 16), the Sheriff’s Office took a call regarding a break-in in progress at the eastern Iredell County residence. The homeowner said she returned home and found a man inside her house.
Deputies were dispatched to the location. Davonta Everett Rankin was identified as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. Rankin is also a suspect in another break-in in Statesville's Wallace Springs Road area.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Davonta Everett Rankin should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 or call 9-1-1.
Rankin has also has outstanding felony warrants for larceny of a firearm and attempted breaking & entering. He has prior convictions for felony breaking & entering and common law robbery.