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Monday, 17 December 2018 10:59

Hickory Man Arrested for Common Law Robbery

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33-year-old Toby Michael Stephens of Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly before eight o'clock Saturday night (December 15) on one felony count of common law robbery. He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny. The warrant for his arrest was issued on September 17 of this year.

Stephens was taken into custody without incident at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,200, secured. A first appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (December 17) in Newton. A District Court date is coming up on January 7.

Hickory Sand Company, Inc. will install a new water main as part of the City Walk water and sewer replacement project for the City of Hickory. The work will begin today (December 17). Construction will necessitate the closure of Main Avenue N.W. from 9th Street N.W. to 5th Street N.W. for approximately one month. Detour routes will be established and clearly marked.

For more information, call the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.

25-year-old Rebekah Larae Arney of County Home Dairy Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 a.m. yesterday (December 16) for a felony probation violation, failure to appear on a felony probation violation and one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two aggravating factors. She was also charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to her arrest began when Police saw a vehicle traveling at an excessive rate of speed through the parking lot at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Springs Road N.E. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle came to a stop at a small business on Springs Road N.E. The vehicle's occupants fled on foot. Two males were not apprehended, but Rebekah Larae Arney was arrested on the scene.

Arney was place in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $61,000, secured. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. A Superior Court date is coming up on January 7.

Monday, 17 December 2018 10:26

Morganton Man Faces Felony Vehicle Theft Charges

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33-year-old Cody Allan Vaughn of Steakhouse Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (December 14) by authorities in Burke County on charges out of Caldwell County. Vaughn was charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following his arrest, Vaughn was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

29-year-old Joshua Trent Seay of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on felony charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Officers were asked to remove a subject from the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. During the incident, Police found 14 dosage units of oxycodone, 5.1 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and multiple shotguns and rifles.

Seay was taken into custody without incident just before three o’clock yesterday afternoon (December 16) at the hotel. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

40-year-old Sedrick Lee Lawrence of Vale Street in Shelby has been arrested Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers on two counts each for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance and the delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

Lawrence was jailed yesterday (December 16) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Authorities from the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety are asking for the public’s help in finding a juvenile who has gone missing from the state’s juvenile justice system. The juvenile, identified as John C., failed to return after a home visit with his family in Lincoln County Sunday (December 16).

John C. had been committed to the custody of the Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice. He had been placed in the Chatham Youth Development Center. The division has notified local law enforcement and is cooperating fully with the search and investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the juvenile's whereabouts should contact local law enforcement. For additional information, contact Keith Acree with the Department of Public Safety's Communications Office at 919-880-2970 or

An Alexander County school bus overturned this morning (December 17) at Icard Ridge Road and Bulldog Lane. The Bethlehem and Ellendale fire departments responded to the scene. E.M.S. trucks were requested from Caldwell and Catawba counties. The N.C. State Highway Patrol confirms that the accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m. today.

19 students were on the bus. 13 of those students and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals. All of the injured students are said to be responsive. A second vehicle was involved in the accident. The occupant of that passenger vehicle was also transported to the hospital.

The bus, which is bus number 159, was transporting students to West Alexander Middle School. The school has contacted parents of students on the bus and a call was sent to all parents via the parent notification system.

In addition to the Highway Patrol, NCFireFighters and Alexander County Schools have confirmed details surrounding this morning's crash. No further information is available at this time.

38-year-old Daniel Dawarren Pride of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (December 13) on two felony counts of cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.

The charges come in connection to an incident on January 3 of this year. At that time, Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle at an address on 7th Avenue Place S.W. Upon arrival, Officers found multiple animals, some of them deceased, in a building on the property.

Pride was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 14 December 2018 17:39

Woman Charged With Vehicle Theft

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40-year-old Rashida Foster, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The victim told detectives she met Foster in early November of this year and allowed her to stay at a residence on Cloudburst Circle in Lincolnton on November 29. When the victim woke up on November 30, she said Foster was gone along with her 2008 Ford F150.

Foster called a neighbor and informed her that the truck ran out of gas in Statesville, NC. The victim went to Statesville where she confronted Foster and was able to retrieve her vehicle. Detective Justin Link secured warrants charging Foster with the felony counts.

The warrants were served by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Foster was being held in Iredell County on unrelated charges. Foster remained in the Iredell County Jail under a $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Tuesday (December 18) in Lincoln County.

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