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Monday, 24 November 2014 14:28

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Marijuana Charges

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24-year-old Ashley Nicole Teague of Elmhurst Drive in Hickory was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at about 10 p.m. Saturday (November 22) on charges of manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

The case against Teague originated on January 3 of this year when Police were called to a civil disturbance. A search led to the charges on the indictment.

She was arrested yesterday without incident. Teague was released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for January 2 in Newton.

Monday, 24 November 2014 14:07

Homeless Man Faces Drug; Stolen Vehicle Charges

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43-year-old William Wesley Wiseman, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (November 23) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police were called to the parking lot at McDonald’s on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory where a vehicle not belonging to a customer had been parked for some time. An Officer approached the vehicle where he found William Wiseman, who appeared to be asleep in the car.

After waking Wiseman, Officers searched the vehicle and found 20 Clonazepam pills and five Lorazepam pills. They also learned that the vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Ram truck, had been reported stolen in Burke County.

Wiseman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 24) in Newton.

Monday, 24 November 2014 13:56

Fundraiser Planned for Alexander County Teacher

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Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman and the Sheriff’s Office are leading a fundraiser for Brittany Loudermilt, a 23-year-old teacher and coach at East Alexander Middle School who was diagnosed with Lymphoma last week.

Ms. Loudermilt is the oldest daughter of Marty Loudermilt, who served with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office before taking a job with the Troutman Police Department. She is now at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she is undergoing a 96-hour chemotherapy treatment, with additional treatments scheduled in the coming months.

The fundraiser will involve a meal from Chick-Fil-A, including an original Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich and a bag of chips for $5. Orders of $100 or more qualify for free delivery. Completed order forms should be returned to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office at 91 Commercial Park (across from Wal-Mart). All orders must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 8.

For more information call Chief Deputy Tod Jones at 828-217-3035 or Sgt. David Moose at 828-217-5520.

The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library will hold a “Twelve Days of Christmas Movie Marathon” from December 8 through 20.

According to Branch Manager Jennifer Patterson, the series is designed as a way for the whole family to celebrate the holidays in a safe, comfortable environment.

The movie schedule includes:

Monday, December 8 - “Elf” at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9 - “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10 - “The Santa Claus” at 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 11 - “Arthur Christmas” at 12 p.m.
Friday, December 12 - “Miracle on 34th Street” at 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 13 - Mickey Mouse Marathon from 12 to 4 p.m.
Monday, December 15 - “A Christmas Story” at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16 - “Santa Buddies” at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 - “The Polar Express” at 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 18 - “Home Alone” at 3 p.m.
Friday, December 19 - “Home Alone 2” at 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 - “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 3 p.m.

The library is located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road in Terrell.

Monday, 24 November 2014 11:09

Rancho Viejo Robbery Suspect Arrested

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22-year-old Geovanny Jesus Acosta of 25th Avenue N.E. has been arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Acosta is the suspect in an armed robbery last Thursday evening (November 20) at the Rancho Viejo restaurant on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E., previously reported the following day on WHKY. Immediately after the robbery, Police identified Acosta as the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest, but were not able to locate him at that time.

Shortly before nine o’clock last night, Police responded to an incident at the El Globo store on Springs Road. A suspect entered the store, displayed a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The store-owner then got into a fight with the suspect, who fled the store without taking anything. The store-owner was able to provide a description of the vehicle.

A short time later, a call came in regarding a suspicious person at the Wilco-Hess gas station on Springs Road. The subject’s vehicle matched the description of the vehicle used in the El Globo robbery. Officers arrived and spoke to the clerk, who saw the subject run behind the business, leaving the vehicle at the store. A description of the man also matched the suspect description from the El Globo incident.

A K-9 Unit tracked the suspect in a wooded area behind the Wilco-Hess. Officers located the suspect, Geovanny Acosta, who initially resisted arrest. The Airsoft pistol displayed by Acosta at El Globo was found in the woods.

Acosta was taken into custody for the incident at El Globo and was also served with the warrant from the Rancho Viejo robbery. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 24 in Newton.)

Monday, 24 November 2014 07:23

Two Escaped Inmates Captured in Marion

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22-year-old Frankie D. Noles and 20-year-old Jacob Pilkington, who both escaped late last Sunday night (November 16) from the Morrison Correctional minimum unit in Richmond County, have both been captured in Marion. The pair had been on the run for most of a week after escaping by climbing out a window and then scaling a fence. 

Correctional Officers captured Noles Saturday afternoon (November 22), about 24 hours after they picked up Pilkington. Information provided by Pilkington after his capture led Officers to a junkyard in Marion where the two escapees had been living in old cars for the past few days.  They found Noles there and arrested him after a short chase.

Friday afternoon, Officers spotted the pair under a railroad bridge in Marion and were able to capture Pilkington, but Noles got away and eluded them for one more day.

Both Pilkington and Noles had just entered the prison system in September on probation revocations. Pilkington was serving a five-month to three-year sentence for felony breaking & entering, among other charges. His projected release date was November 2015. Noles was serving a six-month to two-year sentence for felony breaking & entering, among other charges. His projected release date was December 2015.

Both inmates will face charges for felony escape from prison and will be returned to incarceration in a higher custody level.

Statesville Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night (November 23) at the Maxwell’s BP gas station on Garner Bagnal Boulevard in Statesville. Police responded at 9:55 p.m.

They spoke to the clerk who reported the robbery. The clerk said three subjects entered the store wearing masks. Two of the subjects were armed with handguns. One armed subject went behind the counter and forced the clerk to open the register while the second armed subject took money from a customer in the store. Once the money was removed from the register, all three subjects fled from the store on foot. A police K-9 Unit was brought in to track the suspects, but was unable to locate them.

The Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information should call C.I.D. at 704-878-3515 or call Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

Friday, 21 November 2014 14:10

Two Busted on Drug Charges at Red Roof Inn

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27-year-old Cierra Michelle Howell of Old Catawba Road in Catawba and 24-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones of South Cline Street in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2 a.m. yesterday (November 20). They were both charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Howell also faces felony charges for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and identity theft, as well as one misdemeanor count of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance. In addition, she was served a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of felony possession of cocaine. Jones faces additional misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn on 8th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from room #229. The Officer knocked and found two people in the room, Cierra Howell and Orlando Jones. Both subjects initially gave the Officer false information regarding their identities.

A search of the room turned up 6.3 grams of crack cocaine, 1.6 grams of marijuana, two hydrocodone pills, two oxycodone pills, a debit card that didn’t belong to either suspect and $1,319 in cash.

The two were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Howell set at $20,000, secured, while Jones was given a $10,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

In its fifth year, the annual Shoe & Sock Drive, hosted by Frye Regional Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Department, collected 210 pairs of shoes, 671 pairs of socks and $100 in cash. Members of the department presented the donations to the Catawba County Department of Social Services (DSS) on November 7.

Each year in October, the Physical Therapy Department celebrates National Physical Therapy Month by collecting new shoes and socks for Catawba County DSS. Through the generosity of employees at Frye, the Shoe & Sock Drive throughout its lifetime has collected more than 900 pairs of shoes and 1,900 pairs of socks for local foster children.

Friday, 21 November 2014 13:55

Morganton Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

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40-year-old Adam Gilliam of Bel Aire Drive in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

According to a news release issued yesterday (November 20), the Department of Social Services received a report in October from a high school in reference to allegations of indecent liberties with a juvenile. The victim alleged that Gilliam inappropriately touched her.

Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Social Workers from the Department of Social Services interviewed Gilliam regarding the allegations. Following the interview, Gilliam was arrested and jailed under a $15,000 secured bond.

Gilliam’s case will likely be sent to a Grand Jury for a possible indictment. No court date is scheduled at this time.