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39-year-old Phillip Tyree Nichols of Butler Mill Road in Harmony was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violation of pretrial release conditions.

Nichols was initially arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies on May 15 for Second Degree Kidnapping, Assault on a Female and Communicating Threats. On this date, deputies responded to a call for help where a female victim reported that Nichols had assaulted her and held her against her will inside her home for a short period of time. At this time he was given a $9,000 bond.

As a result of these charges, Nichols was given Pretrial Release Conditions prohibiting him from having any contact with the victim in that case. On June 10, 2015 it was reported to Det.Sgt. C.Harwell with the Special Victims Unit that Nichols was violating the pretrial release conditions. As a result of Sgt. Harwell’s investigation, Nichols’ $9000 bond was revoked and increased to $102,500. He is currently being held in the Iredell County Detention Center. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 25.

45-year-old Rudolph Anthony Prickler of Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sherifff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

On April 24, 2015 Det. Sgt. C.M. Benfield with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit received a report of the possible sexual abuse of a seven-year-old child by a family member. The abuse occurred from October to December, 2014. As a result of these allegations, Prickler was arrested on May 27, 2015 for 12 counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child and 12 counts of First Degree Sex Offense with a Child under 12. At that time he was placed under a $200,000 bond and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center.

Upon further investigation, detectives found evidence that led to additional charges. Prickler was found to be in possession of child pornography. Due to this new evidence, detectives added the additional charges of 5 counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Prickler was placed under an additional $400,000 bond and is currently being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under $600,000 total bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 8.

A 43-year-old female mail carrier died Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County when a large tree fell on her United States Postal Service vehicle, pinning her inside. The tree that fell was located on 10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry's property.

The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. Saturday as the mail carrier, Lisa Rudisill Wilkerson, of Sherrills Ford Road in Sherrills Ford was delivering mail on Norman Court off Lakeshore Road North. A thunderstorm was moving through the area at the time of the incident.

The mail carrier was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Congressman McHenry's office released the following statement from the Congressman "While visiting family out of state, I received word from neighbors of this tragic accident. Giulia and I are beyond devastated. We are praying for the victim and her family as they mourn their loss."

Two were killed and another was injured in a Sunday morning wreck in Catawba County.

On Sunday (June 21) at 6:29 a.m. the Newton Police Department responded to a traffic crash on NC Hwy 10 West near Jarrett Farm Road in Newton. Officers are investigating the crash involving a 2013 Toyota Yaris which was traveling West on NC Hwy 10 that was struck by a 2012 Freightliner Cascadia tractor trailer that was traveling East on NC Hwy 10. The tractor trailer then ran off the left side of the road coming to rest after striking a parked 2007 Toyota Scion.

The driver of the Toyota Yaris was identified as Tammy Norman Frady and passenger Albert Lynn Frady were both pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the 2012 Freightliner Cascadia tractor trailer was flown from the scene to Carolinas Medical Center Main by Med Center Air. The driver’s identification and condition are being withheld pending notification to out of state family members.

At this time the investigation is ongoing. The Newton Police Department is being assisted by Hickory Police Department, N.C. Highway Patrol, Newton Fire Department, Newton Conover Rescue Squad, Catawba County EMS, Catawba County Emergency Management, N.C. Department of Transportation and S.T.A.T

The Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Alexander County has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

The Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (also known as Rocky Face Park) was recognized in the “Parks & Recreation” awards category. Rocky Face Park received one of 35 awards across North Carolina and one of only five in the state in the “Parks & Recreation” category.

Prior to becoming a county park, the property was a rock quarry in 1920s and 1940s, which was then abandoned and left to become a site for illegal dumping and graffiti. In 1982, the mountain was purchased by The Felburn Foundation, but the organization did not have the resources to make improvements. By 2002, Rocky Face was a focus of the Carolina Land & Lakes Resource Conservation & Development District (RC&D), which took control of the property in 2003 and instituted cleanup efforts.

Alexander County government partnered with the RC&D, and in 2011 accepted ownership of the property. The county then applied for a North Carolina Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to improve the site. In 2010, the county was awarded a $477,000 PARTF grant and park construction began. The park officially opened in May 2012.

Park amenities currently include 58 rock-climbing routes, 1/3-mile ADA walking track, a picnic shelter, restrooms, a park office, five miles of hiking trails, primitive campsites, geocaches and more.

The county is currently in the process of administering a second PARTF grant that will provide a community meeting room, an adventure playground, additional picnic areas and improvements to a wetland area. Since the park opened three years ago, more than 41,000 visits have been logged.

Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is located at 3451 Rocky Face Church Road in Hiddenite. For more information, visit www.rockyfacepark.com or call 828-632-1093.

34-year-old Robert Lee Robinson of Pine Mountain Road in Creston, N.C. and 22-year-old Alisha Dawn Hedrick of Bolick Road in Claremont were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 last night on a variety of charges. Robinson was arrested on outstanding felony warrants issued in December of last year by the Claremont Police Dept. for breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged yesterday with simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. Hedrick was charged with felony possession of heroin and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory saw Hedrick exit an apartment. The Officers knew Hedrick didn’t live there. They spoke to Hedrick and conducted a search, which led to the discovery of 0.4 grams of marijuana and 0.1 grams of black tar heroin in her purse.

Officers then searched the apartment Hedrick had exited from and found 0.3 grams of marijuana. A routine records check led to the discovery of the warrants against Robinson.

Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Robinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $24,000 secured bond. Hedrick was released under a $5,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

Friday, 19 June 2015 10:45

Two Face Felony Meth Charges in Hickory

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39-year-old Shannon Nichole Stowe of Lynn Avenue in Hildebran was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly before 6 p.m. last night (June 18). She’s charged on a bill of indictment with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises and possession of methamphetamine. At the time of her arrest, she was also charged with simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Also arrested about 25 minutes later was 47-year-old Mari Jo Rudisill of Pyramid Road in Hickory. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

The two women were taken into custody without incident at the same residence on 15th Street S.E. in Hickory. They were both jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond for Stowe set at $17,000, secured. Rudisill was given a $6,500 secured bond. Both will appear in court today; Stowe in Superior Court and Rudisill in District Court. Stowe also has a District Court date on July 15.

28-year-old Justin Patrick Preston of Leta Lane in Hudson was arrested Thursday (June 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Following the arrest, Preston was incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Thursday.

27-year-old Adam James Kaczynski of East Winds Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony attempted breaking and entering.

On May 31, 2015, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Burke County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Drexel Discount Drug in reference to an Attempted Breaking and Entering. This case was assigned to detectives for further investigation. After some time with no leads, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the public through a Facebook press release.

Social media tips began to come in naming one suspect. After learning the suspect’s identity, detectives went to Adam James Kaczynski’s residence and were able to positively identify the Dodge pickup from the photos and also Adam Kaczynski. Kaczynski cooperated with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and provided a written and signed statement documenting his actions.

Bond for Kaczynski was set at $5,000 secured, a District Court date is set for July 6.

The first bench trial in Caldwell County ended in a guilty verdict Wednesday (June 17) and resulted in active prison time for the defendant. 44-year-old Kurt Allen Corey of Lenoir was found guilty of failure to report a change of address by a sex offender by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.

Ervin sentenced Corey to serve 17-30 months in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. Corey, who was represented by Attorney Herb Pearce, appealed the conviction. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office, which called seven witnesses to offer testimony. The defendant declined to present any evidence.

Corey was previously convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a victim between the ages of 13-16 in Michigan in 2000, a violation that required him to register as a sex offender for 25 years. He was charged and indicted for failing to properly change his address with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office within three days of moving as required by law.

Detective Aaron Barlowe was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

The bench trial was the third in the 25th Prosecutorial District since the practice was approved by constitutional amendment last year and started Jan. 1, 2015. Assistant District Attorney Chris Back tried a felony possession of firearm by felon case in Burke County in February that resulted in a guilty verdict, and ADA Michael Van Buren earned a guilty verdict in an April child sex case in Catawba County.