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51-year-old Jimmy Dean Gragg and 26-year-old Heather Nicole Little, both of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 1 p.m. yesterday (May 6). Gragg was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, while Little was charged with felony conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Gragg was also arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for failure to appear. Little faces an additional misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to the arrests began at about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday when H.P.D. responded to a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart on Highway 70 S.E. A Loss Prevention Officer saw Little as she allegedly took a microwave oven past the last point-of-sale without paying. She then handed the item off to Gragg, who returned it for a gift card. Gragg then attempted to use the gift card at the point-of-sale.

Both subjects were detained and charged. A pipe was found in Little’s purse, resulting in the paraphernalia charge. The failure to appear warrant for Gragg came in connection to a January 2014 case in which the suspect allegedly took metal from a building that was being demolished.

The two were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Gragg set at $25,000, secured, while Little was given a $3,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. Gragg also had a Superior Court appearance scheduled for today.

21-year-old Adrian Zaquintias Forney was arrested Wednesday (May 6) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Forney was placed in jail in Morganton where he is being held under $87,500 secured bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for May 18.

25-year-old Benjamin Trey Byrd was arrested this morning (Thursday, May 7) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Byrd was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.

31-year-old Richard Todd Frady was arrested Wednesday (May 6) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Frady was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, May 7) in Morganton.

23-year-old Edwin Silva Garcia of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (Thursday, May 7). He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as well as misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in January of last year when the owner of a residence on 10th Avenue Drive N.E. reported that his vehicle was stolen while he was out of town.

Following his arrest today, Garcia was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under an $11,750 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow with a District Court date coming up on May 20.

37-year-old Jessie Eugene Bivens of Rosehill Drive in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (May 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery or fraud. Following the arrest, Bivens was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (May 8).

A southern Caldwell County resident has died as a result of an accident earlier this week. 50-year-old Robert Campo, a resident of the Northlakes community, passed away Wednesday (May 6) due to head injuries sustained in an accident that occurred Tuesday (May 5).

The accident was reported at approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. It happened on Grace Chapel Road between New Farm Road and U.S. 321. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the accident involved one vehicle and one person apparently traveling at an excessive rate of speed heading south on Grace Chapel Road. The vehicle left the road surface onto the right shoulder and then overcorrected and hit a culvert. The crash resulted in the driver being ejected from the vehicle, which then came to rest on the left shoulder.

The Grace Chapel Fire Department, Lovelady Rescue Squad, Caldwell County EMS, Hickory Fire Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Highway Patrol all responded to the accident. The wreck closed a section of Grace Chapel Road for over two hours.

Speed was a contributing factor in the fatal accident. The driver was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt which contributed to him being ejected from the vehicle.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:35

Conover Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

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48-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor of 27th Street N.E. of Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 this morning (May 6) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. Maynor will appear in District Court this Friday (May 8) in Newton.

46-year-old Robert Lee Mahala, Jr. and 45-year-old Lois Flowers Mahala, both of Rhodes Rhyne Road in Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 5). They were each charged with one felony count of indecent liberties with a child.

On April 27, Sheriff’s Deputies took a report concerning the inappropriate touching of a juvenile family member. Detective Sally Dellinger is conducting the investigation. Additional charges are pending.

Both suspects were placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:03

Maiden Woman Arrested for Habitual Larceny

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41-year-old Cathy Louise Hubbard of Union Street in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (May 5). She was charged with habitual larceny.

Police responded to the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard at about 2:50 p.m. in reference to a reported larceny. A Loss Prevention Officer at the store said he saw a white female go past the last point of sale without paying for a number of items including SlimQuick Gummies, purses, feminine pads, a Ninja Turtle toothbrush, tanning spray, shoes, shirts and shorts, all with valued at just under $500.

Hubbard had previously been charged with habitual larceny earlier this year.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.