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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 05:34

Hickory Residents Charged With Drug Offenses

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44-year-old Samuel Bryant Underwood and 34-year-old Ashley Deshea Lee, both of the same 6th Street Court SE, Hickory address, were arrested Tuesday (July 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Underwood is charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and alter, steal, or destroy criminal evidence. Lee is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Underwood’s bond was set at $12,000, Lee was given a $5,000 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 1).

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 04:34

Police Shot At During Chase, Suspects Arrested

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22-year-old Joey Dean Smith, 22-year-old Brandon Scott Houser, and 56-year-old Robin Scott Houser, all of Bynum Road in Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Smith is charged with one felony count apiece of operating a vehicle while fleeing to elude arrest, resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, possession of cocaine, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandon Houser is charged with felony counts of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and possession with intent to manufacture schedule VI controlled substance along with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Robin Houser is charged with one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

On Sunday (July 29) at around 1:30 a.m. a Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy was parked in a business parking lot on Gastonia Highway when a black extended cab Ford pickup passed that location. He saw the vehicle veer left of the center line and began to follow the truck. The driver turned onto Salem Church Road and ran off the road several more times. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver refused to pull over. The driver turned onto Calloway Road and accelerated at a high rate of speed.

At the dead-end of the road the truck ran through a field and crashed into a tree. The driver and a passenger exited the vehicle. As the deputy walked toward the truck he saw what appeared to be a muzzle flash then heard a gunshot. The deputy called for assistance and the SWAT team was assembled. They searched the wooded area where a perimeter had been set up but could not locate the two people.

A search warrant was executed at 213 Bynum Road in Lincolnton. During the search, Bandon Scott Houser fled on foot but was apprehended by deputies. The other suspect, Joey Dean Smith, was taken into custody in the residence. Deputies also seized illegal drugs from the home.

It was determined that Smith was the driver of the truck and Brandon Houser was the passenger. During an interview with detectives Smith admitted to driving the truck and attempting to avoid arrest because his driver’s license was suspended. Deputies were unable to find the firearm that was disposed of by the suspects.

Smith was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $49,000 secured bond. Brandon Houser was jailed under a $52,000 secured bond. Robin Houser was released on a $5,000 secured bond. Smith has a District Court date next Tuesday (August 7). Brandon Houser is scheduled to appear in District Court August 14. No court date was listed for Robin Houser.

28-year-old Cody Truett Randolph of Cedar Pine Avenue in Morganton was arrested Sunday (July 29) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday, deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a missing person case which led them to 6246 Rollins Park Drive, Connelly Springs. Multiple people were in the residence including Cody Truett Randolph. The missing person was located on the property and appeared to need medical treatment which was provided.

During the investigation, approximately seven grams of meth was initially found at the residence and the Criminal Investigations Division Narcotics Sergeant was called to the scene. Upon further investigation, a total of approximately 64 grams of meth was seized from the residence and Cody Truett Randolph was placed under arrest.

Randolph was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (August 1). Randolph’s next District Court appearance will be on August 20.

An armed robbery at a Newton business is under investigation. On Monday (July 30), just after 6 p.m., the Newton Police Department responded to a robbery at the Family Dollar Store at 2725-F Northwest Boulevard. An employee of the store told officers a black male wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask entered the store and demanded money. The suspect approached the store employee who was stocking merchandise and pointed a gun at him while yelling his demands.

The suspect demanded the store employee walk to the front of the store where the cash register is located. At that point, the suspect demanded the employee open the register and place all the money from the register inside a Family Dollar shopping bag. The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money along with other items from the store. He exited the store running south on foot.

After reviewing the store surveillance video, it appears the suspect approached the Family Dollar Store from the same southern direction on foot. The store employee was not injured during the robbery. Officers were in the process of reviewing surrounding video surveillance from neighboring businesses. Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to contact the investigations division of the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

51-year-old Osvaldo Juan Sierra-Ruiz of Berry Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 30) and charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

At about 9:30 last night, the Sheriff’s SWAT team and Narcotics Agents raided the suspect’s home. Officers believed Sierra-Ruiz had been distributing meth in the Grace Chapel community.

The raid yielded approximately half an ounce of meth and 22 grams of high-grade marijuana. Officers also seized cash, multiple digital scales, ledgers and other drug paraphernalia. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $2,065.

Sierra-Ruiz was given a $50,000 secured bond. He has a first appearance set for August 1 in Lenoir.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster parent or fostering to adopt, there will be a foster care informational meeting in Alexander County. The meeting will be held at the Alexander County Department of Social Services on Tuesday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Alexander County DSS is located at 604 7th Street SW in Taylorsville. For additional information, please call Gina Lingle at 828-352-7609. You can reach the Alexander County Department of Social Services at 828-632-1080.

25-year-old Miranda Michelle Salser of Olde School Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 31) on one felony count of speeding while attempting to elude arrest. She was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 a.m. today on the 800 block of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory. Salser was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

38-year-old Robert Anthony Figueroa, Jr. of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police yesterday (July 30) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Figueroa was wanted in Orange County, New York on a forgery charge.

Figueroa was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

The Historical Association of Catawba County has been selected to host the Smithsonian Travel Exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” as part of the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) project, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES) and North Carolina Humanities Council - a partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

A program aligned with “The Way We Worked,” a Veteran Roundtable Discussion, will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2:00 pm, at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton. The Veteran Roundtable will feature eight local veterans who served in WWII, Korean War, Desert Storm, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard Eller, historian in residence at the Historical Association of Catawba County, will moderate the roundtable sponsored by Abernethy Laurels, senior living community in Newton.

Featured veterans include: Lou Grandmaison, who served in World War II; Robert Deneault, who served in the Korean War; Larry McMullen, Joe Dillard, and Dennis Bennett, who all served in Vietnam; Brad Durham, who served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Joseph Chavez, who served in the Gulf War; and Tim Moore, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans will share their story on returning back to civilian life following their service to our country. What work did they find? Did they learn skills in the service that helped them get a job? Did they utilize the GI Bill? What were their challenges and successes? Learn a piece of history and how these veterans immersed themselves back into society.

The traveling, “The Way We Worked,” Smithsonian exhibition will visit six communities in North Carolina before it returns to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. The Historical Association of Catawba County will host the exhibition August 10 to September 18, 2018.

Workers are the backbone of American society, investing themselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually in their work. “The Way We Worked,” exhibition is adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environment over the past 150 years, including grown in manufacturing and technology.

The exhibition includes historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and interactives, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual live and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities. The Historical Association of Catawba County will highlight Catawba County industries and the people that work here in a complementary exhibition, “Catawba: Innovation at Work.”

Learn more about the Historical Association of Catawba County or the “Way We Worked” at, by calling (828) 465-0383 or by visiting the History Museum at 30 North College Ave. in downtown Newton. Regular business hours are 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Special extended hours during the SITES exhibition will be 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:30

Hickory Man Faces Felony Larceny Charge

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50-year-old Charles Todd Ritchie of 31st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:20 yesterday afternoon (July 30). He was charged with habitual larceny.

Ritchie was taken into custody without incident at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was armed with a knife at the time of his arrest. Ritchie was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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