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41-year-old Carrie Elouise Collins-Ollis was arrested Thursday (May 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Collins-Ollis was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday at an address on Jamestown Road in Morganton. She was placed in jail under $20,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 10).

52-year-old Edwin Jerry Hiatt II of White Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (May 9) by authorities in Burke County. The Burke County Police to Citizen Website says Hiatt is charged as a fugitive from justice. Multiple published reports say that Hiatt has been arrested in connection to the 1985 murder of Hollywood Director and Producer Barry Crane.

According to federal authorities, new evidence led them to Burke County. Hiatt was arrested at his place of employment in Rutherford College. According to the published reports, Hiatt was 18 years old when Crane was beaten and choked to death inside his home in Los Angeles.

Crane, who was 57-years-old when he died, was involved in television shows including "Dallas," "Chips," “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and "Mission: Impossible." His body was found wrapped naked in sheets in his garage in July 1985. The victim's wallet and vehicle were missing, nothing else was taken from his residence. Hiatt was taken into custody by the FBI and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. As of this morning (May 10) he was being held in jail in Burke County pending extradition back to California.

Governor Roy Cooper announced new appointees to twenty-eight boards and commissions Thursday (May 9). Becky Hailey Ferrell of Hickory is among the individuals appointed to the Executive Mansion Fund Incorporated Board of Directors. She has been appointed as a member at-large. Ferrell is retired from a career in non-profit management. She has led multiple non-profit boards of directors serving as board president of the Hickory Landmarks Society, Western Piedmont Symphony and The Harper School of Performing Arts.

26-year-old William Marshall Shook of Shook Road in Claremont was arrested Thursday (May 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on an order for arrest from April 15. Shook is charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession of stolen goods. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (May 10).

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division assisted Lincoln County on a traffic stop, resulting in the seizure of more than 100 pounds of cocaine.

48-year-old Jason Evan Williams of Spring Street in Goldsboro was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in cocaine by possession and transport, and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance.

Narcotics Investigators and Lincoln County deputies stopped a vehicle on the Gastonia Highway Wednesday (May 8) for several traffic violations. Lincoln County K9 Anya alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up cocaine weighing 117 pounds. The street value of the cocaine was estimated at $6.4 million and, according to a news release issued by the Catawba and Lincoln County Sheriff's Offices, is by far the largest drug bust ever in Lincoln County.

Williams was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $2,000,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for May 30. Agencies involved in the arrest, in addition to the Lincoln County and Catawba County Sheriff’s Offices, were the Huntersville, Cornelius and Pineville Police Departments.

Thursday, 09 May 2019 10:50

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

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41-year-old Travis Leon Grier of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about seven o'clock this morning (May 9) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Grier was arrested following an H.P.D. narcotics investigation.

He was taken into custody without incident at an address on "F" Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Grier was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released at 8:40 a.m. under an $8,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

26-year-old Jonathon Ray Thompson of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 8) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony probation violation. He's also charged with failure to appear five times. Thompson is on probation as he serves a 22-month suspended sentence following a May 2018 felony conviction in Caldwell County for speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. Thompson was listed as an absconder from probation.

Thompson was arrested without incident at a shopping center on Highway 70 S.E. and was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility. No court date or bond amount are currently listed.

Thursday, 09 May 2019 10:06

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Firearm Charge

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27-year-old Kentrey Marquis Witherspoon of Roy Dula Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (May 8) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Witherspoon was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for May 29.

35-year-old Anthony Wayne Brown of George Pitts Road in Hickory was arrested yesterday (May 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a felony charge. It's unclear on which charges Brown failed to appear, but he has a Superior Court date coming up on single felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle to store a controlled substance, and trafficking in meth.

Brown was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. A Superior Court date was scheduled for July 22.

35-year-old Alvin Dewayne Moore was arrested Wednesday (May 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a counterfeit instrument or currency and obtaining property by false pretenses. Moore was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 9).

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