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46-year-old Shannon Diane Grant of 18th Street Place Northwest in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of safe cracking, and single felony counts of first degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. In addition, Grant is charged with eleven counts of identity theft.

Grant is charged in connection to a home invasion December 26 on Calico Lane near Statesville. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives charged Lucas Bryan Coulbourn of Hickory on the date of the incident, and continued the investigation based on evidence that showed at least one other person was involved. Grant is Coulbourn’s mother.

As detectives continued the investigation they were able to recover stolen silver coins at a home in Conover. Authorities say Grant had taken the stolen coins to the home where she asked the homeowner keep them for her.

On Monday, Grant was arrested in Hickory without incident. She was transported back to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $500,000 secured. Her next District Court date is January 27. Coulbourn remains in the Iredell County Detention Center where he is being held without bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for January 21.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 05:32

Road Closed In Hickory Development Due To Washout

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Until further notice, Pinecrest Drive NE in the Catawba Springs development in Hickory is closed due to a washout under the roadway between the 3700 block and 3800 block near the storm retention pond. City crews were examining the area and determining necessary repairs. Detour routes are established and clearly marked.

A man previously found guilty of sex offense charges who had one of the charges he was convicted of overturned has been indicted again. 48-year-old Kurt Allen Corey, whose last listed address was in Lenoir, was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2016 of sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child. That conviction followed a trial in Burke County Superior Court.

According to published reports, Corey was accused of raping and sexually assaulting one of his stepchildren from 2009-2014. Those reports say the North Carolina Supreme Court threw out the conviction on the charge of sex offense with a child but upheld the conviction of indecent liberties with a child. He was initially indicted in 2014.

According to the reports, the Supreme Court discovered no victim name had been entered on the initial indictment. Instead, court documents reportedly say "Victim # 1" on the indictment.

According to the Burke County Police To Citizen website, Corey was arrested Monday (January 6). The published reports say during his court appearance Tuesday (January 7), Corey's $50,000 bond for the new indictment was revoked by the judge and he was ordered to be held under no bond. Corey was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (January 8).

The North Carolina Judicial Branch website showed that Corey is charged with felony counts of rape of a child, sexual offense with a child, sex offense in a parental role and indecent liberties with a child. That website also shows that Corey is charged with sex offense with a child by an adult. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 2 in Morganton.

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (January 7). Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda approved. City Council approved negotiations and awarded a contract in the amount of $5,889,133 plus contingency to David E. Looper & Company for construction of the City portion of the Riverwalk.

City Manager Warren Wood mentioned that all bond projects are now under design or construction. A Bond Implementation Commission meeting is planned for January 14. Several council members commented on the beautiful renovations to downtown and positive feedback received from residents and visitors.

Mayor Guess reminded everyone about celebrating the City of Hickory’s sesquicentennial this year. Be sure to check out www.HKY150.com for more information and future event details.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 04:48

Pedestrian Killed In Iredell County Hit & Run Crash

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A crash Tuesday (January 7) in Iredell County resulted in the death of a Statesville man. At approximately 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit and run collision in Iredell County on Interstate 40 West near I-77. A pedestrian, possibly having a medical issue, was walking west on I-40.

As a passerby stopped to check on the man, a pickup truck ran off the right side of the roadway, sideswiped the concrete construction barrier, collided with the passerby’s vehicle, and struck the pedestrian. The pickup truck fled the scene. The pedestrian, 28-year-old Harold Dean Stewart III of Statesville, died at the scene.

Troopers are searching for a late 80’s model Chevrolet pickup truck. The vehicle may be light blue or faded blue with white two-tone on the side. There will be damage to the front and right side of the truck. Investigators are asking for assistance from the public. Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact the Highway Patrol Communications Center at 828-466-5500 or dial 911.

30-year-old Miranda Leann Davis of Boyd G. McCrary Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before nine o'clock last night (January 6) for felony larceny by anti-inventory device. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of concealment of merchandise, larceny, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers responded to a reported larceny at the Kohl's store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The suspect reportedly removed anti-theft devices from merchandise in the store. Officers found stolen items from the nearby Target store on Davis' person. She was taken into custody without incident at Kohl's. Kohl's and Target are both listed as complainants on H.P.D.'s arrest report.

Davis was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Jason Matthew Basnett was arrested Monday (January 6) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny and larceny by trick. Basnett was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (January 8).

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:07

Hickory Man Arrested for Habitual Larceny; More

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42-year-old Harold Lamont Mutz of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 7) on four counts of felony habitual larceny. He was also charged with first-degree trespassing, misdemeanor conspiracy, and breaking & entering. In addition, Mutz was charged as an habitual felon.

The suspect was arrested on outstanding warrants following a traffic stop late Monday night on 7th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was taken into custody without incident at about 12:20 a.m. today. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Mutz was in possession of a lethal cutting instrument at the time of his arrest.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $22,000, secured. Appearances in District Court were scheduled today and on January 17, both in Newton.

36-year-old Rebecca Kay Tuttle of Serene Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (January 4) for misdemeanor driving while impaired. Tuttle is the principal at Hickory High School. She was also cited for failure to maintain lane control.

According to a statement released by Hickory Public Schools (H.P.S.) Director of Communications Beverly Snowden, an administrative employee was involved in an automobile accident Friday night (January 3), resulting in criminal charges. The statement indicates that no other passengers were in the automobile at the time of the accident.

According the statement, after the school system was notified of the accident, H.P.S. acted in accordance with district policy. The H.P.S. statement does not name the employee, nor does it indicate what actions were taken. As of this morning (January 7), Tuttle is still listed on the school's website as the Hickory High principal. According to Ms. Snowden, Tuttle is currently suspended.

According to the Hickory Police Department's incident and accident reports, the accident occurred in a residential neighborhood, beginning at 804 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory. The accident was reported at 11:50 Friday night.

The report indicates that Tuttle's vehicle, a 2012 Acura, was traveling south on 2nd Street S.E. when it struck an unoccupied, parked vehicle (a 2016 KIA) from the rear. She then backed up and hit a pedestrian, a 53-year-old homeless man who lists an address on 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory. Tuttle's vehicle then ran off the road to the right, backed down a hill, crossed 8th Avenue Drive S.E., and drove onto property at 823 2nd Street S.E. where the Acura came to rest after running into a building.

The H.P.D. reports indicate that each vehicle sustained $4,000 in damages. Damages to the building were estimated at $1,000. The extent of the pedestrian's injuries, if any, is unknown. Tuttle reportedly told Police that her vehicle hydroplaned.

Tuttle was arrested at 12:33 a.m. Saturday on 2nd Street S.E. near the scene of the accident. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for January 13 in Newton.

39-year-old Clarence Ray Waters of Roby Martin Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and nonsupport. Waters was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond and $200 cash bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for January 27.

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