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26-year-old Adrian Durrand Johnson, Jr. of 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 2) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and speeding to elude arrest. Johnson was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and careless & reckless driving.

He was arrested at about 3:05 a.m. after Officers stopped a white, 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with a stolen license tag. The vehicle sped away and hit a curb, popping the left front tire. Johnson and another subject jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Johnson was apprehended near the Everette Chevrolet parking lot. He was arrested for possessing one gram of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.

No information is available regarding the second person.

Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,600 secured bond. He will appear in District Court Monday (July 6) in Newton.

53-year-old Soua Lor was arrested Wednesday (July 1) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Lor was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for next Tuesday (July 7) and July 21.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 05:09

Reported Stabbing Under Investigation

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A reported stabbing is under investigation in Catawba County. The incident reportedly resulted in one person being transported to the hospital early this morning (Thursday, July 2).

According to a published report, officers were called to Stillwater Drive in Sherrills Ford just before 1 a.m. after the stabbing was reported. No names had been released as of late this morning.

25-year-old Joshua Lee Beatty of Barrett Baxter Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (July 1) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with four counts of felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Beatty was confined at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 6).

38-year-old Dorian Lamont Stanford of 12th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 1) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Following the arrest, Stanford was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 6).

There will be an Independence Day Celebration today (Thursday, July 2) at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory. The Family Fun Day & Parade gets underway at 11 a.m. There will be a patriotic sing-along with Sharon Clarke, special guests from the Hickory Fire and Police Departments, plus Conrad the Crawdad will be on hand. Hot dogs and slushies will be available, and you can decorate your wheels and take part in a parade around the SALT Block. Prizes will also be awarded at the event.

Two men wanted for owing thousands in back child support have been arrested by authorities. One of the men was reportedly found hiding in a closet. 

Last Saturday (June 27) Iredell County Sheriff's Deputies R.B. Owens and B.A. Henderson were working patrol in Iredell County and in the course of their daily duties were attempting to serve several Warrants on subjects who have been eluding arrest. The Deputies canvassed the area of Old Charlotte Road in Statesville and spoke with numerous citizens attempting to locate the suspect, 46-year-old Richard Douglas Chambers of Statesville, who has evaded arrest for over a year.

Chambers also had multiple warrants which were for failure to pay child support, and he was facing charges filed by Probation and Parole. After speaking to citizens the Deputies learned of a probable address for Chambers. Knowing he was a flight risk, several officers responded to 1314 Harris Street and were able to make contact with the home owner. Deputies then entered the residence and after a thorough search found Richard Chambers hiding in a bedroom closet. He was taken into custody and was taken before Magistrate Sanders. Bond was set at $21,000 secured bond for the multiple probation violations in addition to a $4900 Cash bond for back child support. Chambers is scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (July 6).

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office also reports the arrest of 42-year-old Richard Aaron Branton on the morning of June 28 at his Mooresville residence. Branton was taken into custody and taken before Magistrate Sanders where a $2000 cash bond was set for failure to pay back child support. Branton has a Superior Court appearance scheduled for July 14.

Morganton Public Safety reports a registered sex offender has been arrested for indecent exposure.

According to a news release, on June 26 at approximately 5:46 p.m. the Morganton Department of Public Safety received a call regarding a man possibly exposing himself in the parking lot of Morganton Orthopedic Specialist on East Parker Road. The victim said she observed the male exposing himself on the sidewalk in front of the business. After a few moments, the suspect fled the scene and was located and stopped a short time later in the parking lot of McDonalds on South Sterling Street.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Michael Sean Ostrander of Level Plane Drive in Old Fort, matched the description given by the victim. In addition, items found in his vehicle were consistent with the victim’s description of what the suspect was wearing.

Ostrander was placed under arrest and charged with Indecent Exposure. Following the arrest, he was placed in jail under a $25,000 secured bond and has a District Court appearance scheduled for August 4. Ostrander has previous charges of Breaking and Entering and is a Registered Sex Offender.

The Hickory Police Department has reported the discovery of skeletal remains. The remains were found yesterday in a wooded area near U.S. 70 S.E. in Hickory, just off of 15th Avenue S.E. Hickory Police were notified of the discovery at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (June 30).

According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon (July 1) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, the remains are those of William Pierre Mayfield, who was last seen alive in Hickory on September 21 of last year.

According to a news release from the Police Department, investigators responded to the scene, along with Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

The remains were collected and sent to the North Carolina State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and positive identification in the case. The cause of death has not been determined at this time. The case is being treated as a homicide. The investigation is continuing.

59-year-old Barry Lee Carter of Woodland Bend Drive in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of solicitation of a child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act.

On June 17 of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a 59-year-old male soliciting sex acts from a 13-year-old child, who was an acquaintance.

The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit and the child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed. The offenses allegedly took place from January 1, 2015 through June 26.

As a result of the investigation, Barry Lee Carter was arrested and charged. He was processed and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000.00 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 1).