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39-year-old Emiel Eugene McCullough of Washington Lane in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police for a felony probation violation. McCullough was taken into custody without incident at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.

McCullough was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for Monday, October 22 in Newton.

Friday, 19 October 2018 13:45

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Heroin Charge

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25-year-old Joshua Brian Price of Pineview Court in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (October 18) for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged on orders for arrest out of Caldwell County for driving while license revoked and failure to stop for a steady red light.

He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person in the parking lot at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 321 in Hickory. During the incident, Police found 2.7 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Price was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $19,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. A court date in Lenoir was set for November 5.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a mini excavator from a bridge construction work site in western Lincoln County.

The rental equipment belonging to a Cleveland County company, Herc Rental Company, was stolen from a location in the 2900 block of Trinity Church Road sometime between 7:30 p.m. on October 17, 2018 and 7:00 a.m. on October 18, 2018. The vehicle is described as a Takeuchi mini excavator mostly gray in color with some red markings.

Detectives asked that residents living or driving in areas where construction is ongoing to watch for any unusual activity around the sites. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

Friday, 19 October 2018 10:52

Runaway Teen Sought in Alexander County

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Taylorsville Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Abigail Jordan Serrill. According to the Police Department’s Facebook page, she is a runaway. Ms. Serrill is a white female who was last seen at Domino's in Taylorsville around seven o’clock last night (October 18).

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Abigail Jordan Serrill should contact the Taylorsville Police Department at 828-632-2911 or Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.

Friday, 19 October 2018 10:39

Town of Long View Wins $250K Grant

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The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 21 grant requests totaling $6,935,250, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced yesterday (October 18). Two of those are in the Greater Hickory Metro. The requests include commitments to create a total of 616 jobs, 304 of which were previously announced. The public investment in those projects will attract more than $594 million in private investment.

In the vacant building category, the Town of Long View was awarded a $250,000 grant that will support the renovation of an 80,000-square-foot building. OneH2, which manufactures zero-emission hydrogen gas along with gas storage & dispensing equipment, plans to make the facility a hub for serving its customers throughout the Southeast, creating an expected 21 jobs and investing $262,875 in the project.

In the rural health category, the City of Lenoir was awarded a $500,000 grant that will support the new construction of a health facility. For more information, click here.

41-year-old Heather Renee Jones Hensely of McLean Street in Gastonia was arrested Thursday (October 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with five felony counts apiece of identity theft and uttering a forged instrument.

Hensley is charged in connection to the theft of a checkbook and her daughter’s driver’s license. The items were stolen from the daughter’s Lincolnton address. The suspect was charged with using both to make fraudulent purchases in and around Lincoln County.

Detective Richard Calhoun reported the checks totaled $2,505.28 and the fraudulent purchases were made between August 24, 2018 and September 10, 2018. Detective Calhoun located and arrested Hensley Thursday in Gastonia with the assistance of the Gastonia Police Department. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Hensley admitted to making the fraudulent purchases.

Hensley was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 19). 

Friday, 19 October 2018 05:42

Hickory Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

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33-year-old Kelly Renea Silcox of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested Thursday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and failure to appear on counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Silcox was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (October 19) and November 26.

45-year-old Robert Shannon Salyer of Woodstock, Georgia, was arrested Thursday (October 18) on charges filed by the Conover Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Salyer is charged on Grand Jury Indictments with embezzlement and larceny by employee. The embezzlement charge was filed by Conover Police and the larceny allegation is on a warrant from the Sheriff's Office. Salyer was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (October 19).

According to published reports, a federally-mandated advocacy and protection group is looking into allegations of abuse and neglect at the J. Iverson Riddle Development Center, a state-run facility in Morganton that cares for the disabled. According to those reports, state officials said eight employees were fired after officials received reports of misconduct at one of the cottages at the facility.

The Human Rights Advisory Council at J. Iverson Riddle has reportedly looked into some of the allegations involving those fired employees. The published reports say that the Department of Health and Human Services says those workers were fired for conduct that was unacceptable. The conduct of the eight workers was brought to light by other employees at the facility. State officials say no disabled residents received any injuries.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigation regarding the whereabouts of 36-year-old Jason Edward Shuford is still ongoing. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing person and spoke with the family members of Jason Edward Shuford. Shuford was reportedly last seen on August 27, 2018, in the Icard area of Burke County wearing blue jeans and a red T-Shirt.

Jason Shuford is a white male, 5'7", 180 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. His address is 7566 Spann Hill in Connelly Springs. Anyone with any information that may be helpful to the Sheriff’s Office in locating Jason Shuford would be appreciated. If you have information, call the Burke County Emergency Communications Center’s non-emergency number of 828-438-5500 or call Morganton-Burke CrimeStoppers at 828-437-3333.

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