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25-year-old Korie Nicole Hargraves of Lexington, NC, was arrested Tuesday (July 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle to use or sell controlled substance. Hargraves is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and displaying a fictitious registration plate on a vehicle.

On Tuesday (July 21) Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies conducted a vehicle stop on Salisbury Road near Statesville, on a Toyota Scion. The vehicle was using a piece of cardboard as its tag. When the vehicle pulled over, the deputies spoke with the driver, Kori Nicole Hargraves. An officer was on the passenger side of the vehicle and spotted a long mirror with a crystalline substance on it, which appeared to be methamphetamine.

A Deputy asked Hargraves to step out of the vehicle. She did so, and reportedly admitted the powder on the mirror was meth. Hargraves was then detained and a search of the vehicle was performed. The search reportedly resulted in the discovery of ten grams of meth, four buprenorphine hydrochloride tablets, several plastic baggies and scales, which are consistent with the sale and delivery of controlled substances and additional drug paraphernalia.

Hargraves was placed under arrest on the scene, and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. She was jailed under $20,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (July 23). A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 4 in Statesville.

23-year-old Brandon Michael Barbour of Klondale Street in Sherrills Ford was arrested Wednesday (July 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of heroin, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Barbour was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 6.

Three new COVID-19 deaths have been reported to Catawba County Public Health over the last 24 hours, bringing the county’s total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 20. All three individuals were hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions. None were from congregate care settings. Two of the individuals were in their 70s and one was in their 80s.

47 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today (July 22) by health officials in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 1,615. At least 1,241 patients have recovered in Catawba County. 13,641 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Catawba County, with 12,072 negative results, approximately 11.5% of the tests have been positive. The COVID-19 death rate in Catawba County among those who test positive is approximately 1.6%.

Hospitalizations fell to 24 today, down from 28 Tuesday (June 21). However, a news release from Public Health says the number of people experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19 who require hospitalization has roughly doubled in the past month. For most people, COVID-19 infection will cause mild illness. However, it can make some people very ill and, for some people, it can be fatal. If someone suspects they have COVID-19, they should contact their doctor or a primary care provider to determine if they need to be tested.

39-year-old Ernest Andre Ratliff, Jr. of 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:50 p.m. yesterday (July 21) on one felony count of failure to return hired property.

He was arrested after Hickory Police took a report on July 16 regarding a known subject who failed to return rental property to U-Haul Moving & Storage on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The warrant for Ratliff's arrest was issued Monday (July 20).

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence. Ratliff was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $7,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

29-year-old Phyllis Ann Fleming (also listed as Phyllis Ann Garcia) of Fieldcrest Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:10 last night (July 21) on seven felony counts of larceny of chose in action (the theft of a check or bank note), four counts of forgery of an instrument, four counts of possession of stolen goods or property (felony & misdemeanor counts), and one count each of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, identity theft, felony breaking & entering, felony larceny from a construction site, felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

Fleming was arrested in connection to incidents that were reported on June 14 of this year involving larceny from the mail. Fleming and 22-year-old Brandy Leigh Ledford of 5th Street Place N.E. in Hickory are both accused of stealing from multiple mailboxes. As previously reported by WHKY, Ledford was arrested on July 15 on a long list of charges. Fleming was initially arrested on July 2 on misdemeanor charges.

Fleming was taken into custody Tuesday without incident at a gas station on Oxford School Road in Catawba. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $175,000 secured bond. Fleming has District Court dates today and on July 24 & 27 in Newton. Ledford remains in jail with bond set at $52,500, secured. Her next District Court date is coming up on August 6.

Catawba County Public Health Tuesday (July 21) reported the 17th COVID-19-related death in the county. 38 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday as well, increasing the total to 1,568. Coronavirus hospitalizations dropped in Catawba County, from 33 Monday to 28.

24 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday morning in Alexander County, increasing the total to 221. An additional coronavirus-related death has been reported in Alexander County as well, increasing the total to two. There were 75 patients quarantined and 143 recovered.

Burke County Public Health was notified Tuesday of the 25th COVID-19-associated death in the county. The individual in their 70s was hospitalized and died from underlying medical conditions. 41 new cases were confirmed in Burke County Tuesday, increasing the total to 1368. Nine people were hospitalized and 1,049 patients had recovered from the coronavirus. Just under ten percent of those tested for COVID-19 in Burke County were positive and the death rate in the county is 1.8%.

The Caldwell County Health Department reported 33 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, increasing the total to 816, with nine deaths. 20 patients from Caldwell County were hospitalized across the state and at least 395 had recovered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided updated guidance on when patients can be released from isolation. According to the guidance isolation can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. Requiring negative tests is no longer recommended to discontinue isolation except in very specific circumstances in consultation with infectious diseases experts.

On Tuesday, health officials in Caldwell confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at Shaire Center, an assisted living facility in Lenoir. The center has had two employees test positive for the coronavirus, which meets the state’s standard for an outbreak. Shaire has tested all of their residents and staff and is working closely with the Health Department to stop the spread of the virus in their facilities.

The 136 cases of COVID-19 reported overall Tuesday is the highest single day total of new cases in the Hickory Metro.

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (July 21). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all unanimously approved.

Following a public hearing, City Council approved Rezoning Petition 20-01 to rezone property at 913 9th Avenue NE from Industrial to High Density Residential or R-4. Library Director Sarah Greene presented information about the Ridgeview Branch Library renovation and expansion project. City Council then accepted the bid and approved the contract with Neill Grading and Construction Company in the amount of $1,138,900 for the construction of the Ridgeview Branch Library renovation and expansion project.

Mayor Hank Guess congratulated the City’s Office of Communications for winning three state awards for excellence in communications. The Mayor also presented a proclamation reaffirming City leadership’s commitment to opposing racism, discrimination, and police brutality.

26-year-old Allan Robert Wells of Ridgecrest Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Wells was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 22).

21-year-old Brianna Leshea Perkins of Pink Lain Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (July 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony sell or deliver schedule IV controlled substance. Perkins was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 22).

Due to ongoing City Walk construction, the parking lot along Main Avenue N.E. across from the entrance to City Hall will be closed for construction beginning tomorrow (July 22) and lasting until construction is complete.

City Hall customer parking will be available on First Street N.E. City of Hickory co-worker parking will move to the former District Court parking lot off First Street N.E. Signage is posted for available City Hall customer parking.

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