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22-year-old Damian Maurice Surratt of JC Park Loop in Taylorsville was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with common law robbery. Following the arrest, Surratt was detained this morning (Wednesday, April 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 19:35

Hickory Police Chief Announces Retirement

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After 30 years of service to the citizens of Hickory, Chief of Police, Tom Adkins announced that he will retire on June 30, 2016. “I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Hickory and work with the men and women of the Hickory Police Department,” said Adkins. “Hickory is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals serving as their police department."

Adkins was appointed by City Manager Mick Berry as City of Hickory's Chief of Police on August 1, 2007 after 20 years of experience with the Hickory Police Department (HPD). He began his career with HPD in September of 1987 as a patrol officer.  He was promoted through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Police, Acting Chief of Police, and finally, Chief of Police in 2007.  During the course of his career, Adkins gained experience within each of the various departmental divisions, giving him the insight to successfully manage the department’s authorized force of 117 sworn officers and 36 civilians under his command.  

Adkins received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.  In addition, he has taken graduate courses at the University of Virginia.  He is also a graduate of the 2001 Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and of the 2007 United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar.  Adkins proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Reserve for 21 years, from 1984 to 2005, and was activated in 2003 during “Operation Enduring Freedom.”  Adkins also served as President for the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police in 2014.

The man charged with fatally shooting another man on his property in Alexander County appeared in court today (Tuesday, April 12). Jason Clary is charged with the murder of Travis Harold. Harold died as a result of a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon on Mount Wesley Church Road. 
Harold died about five miles from the scene inside Iredell County on Old Mountain Road. Friends were attempting to drive him to the hospital.Clary said he was acting in self defense, authorities are citing the distance between the suspect and the victim as the reason for the murder charge. 

Clary remains in jail without bond. He will be represented by Lisa Dubs. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for May 2. 

22-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Halman Drive in Crouse was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (April 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

His arrest stems from an incident on June 15 of last year. At that time, Police responded to Highway 70 S.E. and 8th Street Drive S.E. where a vehicle driven by Buchanan had hit a light pole. A search turned up a pipe with a crystal residue. During the booking process, a baggie containing one gram of methamphetamine was found. Buchanan was initially arrested the same day.

He was re-arrested without incident at about 5 p.m. yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters. Buchanan was released less than an hour later under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:55

B&E Suspect Arrested in Iredell County

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34-year-old Andrew Curtis Creech has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff Deputies on charges of second-degree burglary, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and second-degree trespass.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a reported break-in at a residence on the Harmony Highway in Harmony. The incident occurred at about 3:25 a.m. on April 6. Deputies spoke to the homeowner, processed the scene and spoke to neighbors as they canvassed the neighborhood.

The victim provided Detectives with a security surveillance video of the residence. The footage showed a suspect Detectives were able to identify as Andrew Curtis Creech, even though the suspect attempted to conceal his identity by wearing a Batman mask.

Creech is a repeat offender and is known to Deputies as the result of similar crimes committed previously in the Harmony area.

Creech was arrested yesterday (April 11) and placed in Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

24-year-old Christopher Antonio Moore Jr. of Statesville was arrested today (Tuesday, April 12) by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with murder in connection with an incident that occurred earlier this month.

On Saturday, (April 2) at 9:45 P.M., the Statesville Police Department received a report of a gunshot victim at 122 South Lackey Street. Officers responded to the scene and found the victim, 19-year-old Emmanuel Terrell Teasley of Statesville,  inside the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Iredell County EMS responded and when they arrived Teasley had passed away. Statesville Police Criminal Investigations responded and began their probe into the incident. The initial investigation revealed that Teasley was at the residence attending a party and an unknown suspect shot him during an altercation.  

A news release from the Statesville Police Department says during the investigation, the community provided a tremendous amount of assistance in identifying the man ultimately arrested in connection with the shooting. Through this information, Investigators were able to identify Moore and confirm he was the suspect in this case. At 2:15 a.m. today, Moore turned himself into the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. As of this afternoon Moore was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County, records showed he was in the custody of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. No court date is listed.  
    
The Investigation into this case is still ongoing and anyone with information is requested to contact the Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:06

Hickory Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

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32-year-old Patrick Michael Robbins and 31-year-old Blair Hendrix Robbins, both of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last night on an assortment of drug charges. Patrick Robbins was charged with felony defrauding a drug & alcohol screening test and two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. Blair Robbins faces one misdemeanor count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Both subjects were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

In Patrick Robbins’ case, North Carolina’s Division of Community Corrections (Probation & Parole) is listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report as the complainant. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident; Patrick Robbins at about 7 p.m. on the 1300 block of 8th Street Drive N.E. and Blair Robbins shortly after 11 p.m. at her residence.

The two were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patrick Robbins set at $25,525, secured, while Blair Robbins was given a $650 secured bond. Both have since been released. Patrick Robbins was due in District Court today. Blair Robbins has a court date coming up on May 19.

32-year-old Christopher Jayson Kistler of Millersville Road in Taylorsville was arrested today (Tuesday, April 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, two counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kistler was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $259,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 15).

27-year-old Joshua Dent Townsend of Forest Oaks Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 11) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Townsend was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2.

44-year-old Lester Cadell Little of NW Willow Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of probation violation, and domestic violence protection order violation. Little was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Centerl under $27,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 18.