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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:03

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charge

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26-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (October 17) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Little was taken into custody without incident just before 2 a.m. today at an address on Highway 127 South in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

20-year-old Hunter Logan Wise of Oak Ridge Road in Gaffney, SC was arrested today (October 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, and five counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Wise was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (October 18).

19-year-old Robert Djuan Nelson, Jr. of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Tuesday morning (October 16) on one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Nelson was arrested in connection to an incident on October 1 when Officers responded to a residence on 8th Street Drive N.W. in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. During the investigation, Nelson was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Nelson was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 17) in Newton.

Two residences were damaged in a fire early this morning (October 17). At 4:40 a.m. today the Hickory Fire Department was dispatched to Westminster Park Townhomes at 2705 North Center Street. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and one command unit. Upon arrival at 4:44 a.m., firefighters reported heavy amounts of smoke coming from the two story townhome complex.

Firefighters quickly worked to ensure that occupants were out of the burning structure, evacuate surrounding townhomes, and also worked to determine the source of the smoke. Additional firefighters responded to assist with the incident and firefighters from St. Stephen’s and Long View Fire Departments were asked to cover areas in the city. Catawba County EMS and the Hickory Police Department also responded to the incident.

The fire was under control by 5:29 a.m. No injuries were reported and two townhomes were damaged. Fire investigators determined the fire started in the upstairs bathroom and was caused by a lamp, which was too close to a curtain.

49-year-old Christopher Scott Rieger of Scenic Ridge Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night (October 16) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 23 of this year. At that time, Officers responded to a break-in at an unoccupied residence on Pinecrest Road N.E. A known suspect, Christopher Scott Rieger, allegedly entered the residence and took several items. Warrants for his arrest were issued.

Rieger was taken into custody without incident at the Silver Springs Terrace apartment complex on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:59

Valdese Man Faces Felonious Restraint Charge

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More information has been released regarding the arrest of 47-year-old Ronald Ray Stroup of Kings Mill Road in Valdese, first reported yesterday on WHKY. Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers have charged Stroup with felonious restraint.

The felony charge stems from an incident on Monday, September 24. At that time, a female victim reported that Ronald Ray Stroup had held her at gunpoint against her will. The victim said Stroup had been using methamphetamine for a few days when the incident occurred and that he wanted to go to Valdese Hospital for an unknown reason. En route to the hospital, Stroup stopped near a church on Main Street in Valdese where the victim got out of the vehicle.

The following day, Stroup was arrested for violating a domestic violence protection order. He was given a $2,500 secured bond. Investigators also issued a warrant charging Stroup with felonious restraint. That warrant was served Monday (October 15) while Stroup was in custody. An additional $25,000 secured bond was assessed. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 17).

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:57

Suspect In Lincoln County Kidnapping Arrested

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Gastonia Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a Lincoln County woman and forcing her to attempt to withdraw money from a local bank.

42-year-old Reginald Aaron Ballard of Lincolnton is charged with felony 1st degree kidnapping, felonious restraint, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. He was arrested by Gastonia Police Tuesday morning (October 16) as he walked down Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia. An off duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect and notified a Gastonia Police officer who took Ballard into custody.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives had been looking for Ballard since September 25. As WHKY previously reported, the victim reported that Ballard held her against her will at her residence on West Highway 27. She said the suspect held a pistol to her head earlier in the afternoon and demanded $5,000. She first refused but later drove Ballard to Carolina Trust Bank at 790 West Highway 27 in an attempt to withdraw the money. While at the bank she was able to notify bank employees that they need to call the police.

Ballard became suspicious and forced her to drive away from the bank. She drove around the nearby area and returned to the Bi-Lo parking lot across the street. The suspect tricked Ballard into getting out of the car. She locked the vehicle and began sounding her car horn. That got the attention of the bank employees who called 9-1-1. Ballard fled the area around Highway 150 and Highway 27 West intersection on foot and eluded officers.

Ballard was turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (October 17).

47-year-old John Wayne Goins of Cat Square Road in Vale was arrested Sunday (October 14) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with fictitious registration, driving while license revoked and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

A second suspect, 28-year-old Brian David Arnold, of Kings Mountain, was being sought by authorities. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and identity theft. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued Tuesday (October 16), Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were on routine patrol at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday when they encountered a vehicle traveling east on West Highway 150 that had a burned out tail light. In addition, the driver failed to signal a turn. A traffic stop was conducted. Goins was the driver and Arnold was the passenger.

Because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car deputies asked Arnold if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and he said there was. A search of the individuals and the vehicle turned up a hypodermic needle, marijuana, and meth. Officers also found a pistol underneath the driver’s seat. Officers learned that both men were convicted felons and Goins was placed under arrest and transported to the magistrate’s office.

Arnold, who originally gave officers a fake name, told the deputy he swallowed methamphetamine and was feeling sick. Lincoln County EMS was called and was transporting Arnold to Gaston Memorial Hospital when he jumped from the ambulance near Dallas and fled on foot. Dallas Police and Gaston County Police searched for Arnold but could not locate him.

Goins was placed in jail under a $40,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is October 29. Anyone with information on Arnold’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:28

Claremont Man Charged With Meth Possession

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45-year-old William Douglas Higgins of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (October 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Higgins was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 17).

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 04:54

Early Voting Gets Underway Today

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Early voting gets underway today (October 17) and there are several candidates on the ballot in the Hickory Metro counties. Early voting runs until Saturday, November 3.

In Alexander County the ballot includes contested races for County Commissioner, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, NC State Senate District 42, NC House of Representatives District 94, and U.S. House District 5. In Burke County there are contested races for County Commissioner, NC State Senate District 46, NC House of Representatives District 86, and U.S. House District 11.

In Caldwell County the ballot includes contested races for County Commissioner, Board of Education, Clerk of Superior Court, Sheriff, NC State Senate District 46, NC House of Representatives District 87, and U.S. House District 11. The Catawba County ballot features contested races for County Commissioner, Board of Education, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, NC State Senate District 42, NC House of Representatives Districts 89 and 96, and U.S. House Districts 5 and 10.

For a full list of candidates in each county go to the Board of Elections website, sample ballots are available.

Early voting sites are as follows: in Catawba County at the Main Library in Newton at 115 West ‘C’ Street, Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory, the Southwest Branch Library at 2944 South Hwy 127 in Mountain View, Conover Station at 403 Conover Station SE on the bottom floor of the library building, and the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road in Terrell.

In Caldwell County early voting locations are the Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza in City/County Chambers at 905 West Avenue NW in Lenoir, and the Shuford Recreation Center at 56 Pinewood Road in Granite Falls. In Burke County the early voting locations are the Board of Elections in Morganton, Burke County Library & Senior Center in Hildebran, and Glen Alpine Town Hall in Glen Alpine. And in Alexander County you can vote early at the Board of Elections in Taylorsville, at the Bethlehem Community Fire & Rescue Department, and the Former Energy United Building in Stony Point.

Voting times do vary somewhat, check your county’s Board of Elections website or contact them to find out when you can cast your ballot. Election Day is November 6. WHKY Radio, WHKY TV and www.whky.com will have results throughout the evening on that date.

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