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Monday, 31 August 2015 05:22

Lenoir Man Charged With Cocaine Trafficking

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46-year-old Anthony Drake Perkins of Linville Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (August 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of felony trafficking in cocaine. Following the arrest, Perkins was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 31).

We have more information on an arrest we first reported last week.

26-year-old Emma Leigh Harrington of 5th Street Place NE in Conover was arrested last Wednesday (August 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two felony counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Harrington is charged with single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon.

On Wednesday, investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force were conducting surveillance on Harrington. According to a news release, investigators observed Harrington travel to several different known drug locations in the county. Harrington was operating a 2003 silver Ford Taurus which was titled to a third party who was not present during the arrest. Investigators followed the suspect to Sam’s Gas Station in Hickory and reportedly watched her conduct a drug deal in the parking lot.

An officer approached Harrington and the other person and seized from the suspect seven grams of methamphetamine, and one black Smith and Wesson .38 revolver.

Harrington was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $110,000 bond. She made her first District Court appearance last Friday (August 28).

59-year-old Ronald Keith Scronce of White Street and 41-year-old Scotty Michael Crouse of Startown Road, both from Lincolnton, were each charged with one felony count each of Trafficking Methamphetamine by Transport and Trafficking Methamphetamine by Possession. Crouse was also charged with a felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances and one misdemeanor count each of Driving While License Revoked, Resisting a Public Officer, and Driving Left of Center.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested the two men on Friday (August 28) in connection with an investigation into trafficking methamphetamine. The operation consisted of a nearly three month long probe into the transportation and distribution of the drug. Acting on information they received during the course of the investigation, narcotics investigators conducted a surveillance operation. That led investigators to conduct a traffic stop on South Grove Street Extension near Hilltop Rd in Lincolnton.

During the stop, the driver attempted to flee by running from the scene but was quickly apprehended by investigators. Investigators conducted a search of the vehicle and located more than 50 grams of methamphetamine having a street value of approximately $3000. Also seized in the search were a pack of plastic baggies, needles, and digital scales. Investigators believe the individuals were making regular trips over a long period of time to purchase the drug and bring it back into Lincoln County.

Scronce received a $30,000 secured bond and Crouse received a $42,000 secured bond. Both men were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (Monday, August 31).

Monday, 31 August 2015 04:38

Suspect In Weekend Assault Being Sought

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A suspect in a weekend assault is being sought by investigators with the Statesville Police Department.

On Saturday (August 29) at 10:34 p.m., the Statesville Police received a report of a subject suffering from a laceration to his arm in front of a residence in the 200 block of N. Patterson Street. Officers and Iredell County EMS arrived on scene and located Larry Culler of Statesville lying in the grass. Culler was suffering from a severe laceration to his right arm. Culler was transported to Iredell Memorial and Investigators from the Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division responded to assist.


Investigators spoke with witnesses and the victim about the incident. Investigators were able to determine that the victim was at a residence on N. Patterson St playing cards outside when the suspect, 62-year-old James Hyde of Statesville, walked up to the residence. Hyde and Culler got into a verbal altercation which became physical. Hyde reportedly pulled out a box cutter and struck Culler on the arm causing the injury.

A warrant has been obtained for Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury on Hyde and as of this time he has not been located. Culler was later transported to Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment of his injuries. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Hyde is asked to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406.

A case involving the death of a man and injuries to another victim in an incident in which shots were reportedly fired is currently under investigation in Statesville.

On Sunday (August 30) at 5:09 a.m., the Statesville Police Department received a report of subjects fighting in the roadway near the 1000 block of Wilmington Avenue. While officers were en-route to this location, a second report was received that shots had been fired in the same area. Upon arrival, officers found a large group of people outside 1014 Wilmington Avenue. Officers went to the residence and located the victim, 38-year-old Leon Tremaine Bradshaw of Statesville, lying in the doorway of the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers and Iredell EMS personnel began first aid on the victim who was later transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital. Bradshaw later died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident.

While officers were at Iredell Memorial Hospital, a second victim, 34-year-old Deleon Carshar Dalton of Statesville, arrived at the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to both legs. Officers discovered that Dalton received his injuries while inside 1014 Wilmington Ave with Bradshaw. Both victims, who are brothers, were at the residence attending a party when the incident occurred. Dalton was treated for his injuries and later released from the hospital.

The SPD Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the incident and anyone with information concerning the identity of the suspect can contact the Division at 704-878-3515, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

The Hickory Christian Academy’s Knights 5K Run will be held tomorrow (August 29) at 8 a.m. on the school’s campus.

Donations will be collected at the event to benefit Chloe Scott. Ms. Scott was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and had been in remission for the past 18 months; however, her family learned last week that she now has leukemia.

Gift cards to Domino’s, Target and Chipotle will be appreciated. Gas cards and cash donations are also welcome.

Those wishing to show support for Ms. Scott are encouraged to wear her favorite color, which is described as a lavendery-purple.

For more information on the Knights 5K Run, visit hickorychristianacademy.com.

18-year-old Michael Dwane Williams of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (August 27) on one felony count of possession of stolen property.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 17 when Police responded to a residential break-in on the 4000 block of 1st Street N.W. in Hickory. Video game consoles and sneakers were reportedly taken. A possible suspect was identified.

Williams was taken into custody yesterday without incident at Hickory High School and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

23-year-old Christopher Mark Thompson of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:15 last night for failure to appear in court on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

Thompson was initially charged in March of 2012 when a search of his room (which was a separate, locked room within an apartment) turned up 23 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was seized and Thompson was arrested.

Following his arrest yesterday, Thompson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 28 August 2015 11:04

Hickory Woman Wins National Photography Award

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Rose Mary Cheek of Hickory was honored with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) National Award for outstanding service to professional photography. The bronze and walnut plaque was recently presented to her by the Professional Photographers of North Carolina, a PPA Affiliated Association, at their annual convention held August 15-18. Michael Timmons, PPA President was in attendance to assist in presenting the award.

The National Award is offered by PPA to state, regional, national and international affiliated organizations on a yearly basis. First made available in 1958, the award recognizes those who generously contribute their time and talents to the service of their profession, their affiliated organization and their fellow photographers. Selections of the award are determined by the recipient’s peers, adding to its distinction and value.

PPA is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869 and is now headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Get more information at www.ppa.com.

32-year-old Albert Dennis Schroeder of Burette Fox Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 1 p.m. yesterday on a felony probation violation. He was also charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor providing false information to an Officer.

He was arrested after Police stopped a vehicle at the intersection of 8th Avenue N.E. and 6th Street N.E. for an expired registration. In the course of the traffic stop, Officers found the outstanding warrant for the probation violation, issued in June of this year.

Schroeder initially gave Police a false name. 2.3 dosage units of oxycodone were found, resulting in the drug charge against him.

Schroeder was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $16,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on September 24 in Hickory.