Another round of winter weather is headed our way according to forecasters, snow is expected to accumulate tonight and overnight in the Greater Hickory Metro Area. There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the entire area which is in effect from 4 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Thursday. Alexander County Schools are closed today due to the potential for hazardous traveling conditions this morning. The Darkness to Light Training scheduled for last night in Hickory was cancelled and has been rescheduled for Monday March 2nd at the Carolina Theater. The National Weather Service is calling for a 30 percent chance for snow after 5 p.m. today. The chance for snow jumps to 100 percent tonight, with three to seven inches of accumulation possible tonight and overnight. The snow is expected to taper off by late morning or early afternoon Thursday.
26-year-old Dominique Terrell Stinson of 3rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (Wednesday, February 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Stinson was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 27).
36-year-old Zebulon James Spurlock of Baton School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 24) by authorities in Caldwell County. He’s charged on warrants from Alexander County with breaking and entering, possession of a stolen vehicle, and hit and run with property damage. Following the arrest, Spurlock was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date is listed at this time for Alexander County, Spurlock does have a District Court appearance on another charge scheduled for April 23 in Caldwell County.
28-year-old Melissa Yvonne Wilkinson of West View Street in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 24) by Long View Police Officers. She’s charged with misdemeanor larceny, two counts of breaking or entering, first degree trespassing, injury to real property, simple assault, and second degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Wilkinson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,300 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for March 4.
21-year-old Stephen William Hubner and 23-year-old Suzanna Nicole Enloe, both of Broadway Street in Lenoir were arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit Officers. They’re each charged with felonious counts of trafficking heroin by possession and trafficking heroin by transportation. I.C.E. Unit Officers also arrested 34-year-old Elijah Crew Carter and Sharon Pope Crowe, both of Old NC Highway 10 in Hickory . They’re each charged with felonious counts of trafficking in heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin.
The arrests are the result of a multi-agency investigation involving the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Burke County Narcotics Task Force. A news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation led to the dismantling of a major heroin ring believed to be supplying most of Caldwell and Burke Counties. During the three-month investigation, approximately 58 grams of heroin, three grams of methamphetamine, more than $7,500 in cash, several vehicles, and items of drug paraphernalia were seized. The drugs seized have a street value of more than $35,500.
Hubner and Enloe were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond apiece. Carter and Crowe were jailed under $50,000 secured bond apiece. All four suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court in Lenoir Tuesday (February 24).
More drug and gun charges are pending and the investigation is continuing. If convicted, the suspects could face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 90 to 117 months.
The Newton Police Department wanted to provide an alert to the news media and public concerning Christopher Aaron Amell. He is the owner of the two Rottweiler dogs involved in the attack on two children. The incident occurred at 707 North Gaither Avenue in Newton. A news release from the Newton Police Department says Mr. Amell is very angry and upset about the attention this case is getting. Mr. Amell has indicated that he will not tolerate trespassers upon his property and will do what he sees necessary to protect himself and his property. The Newton police department is providing this information from a precautionary standpoint to anyone attempting to contact Mr. Amell on his property.
The investigation into the dog attack of the 6 & 10 year boys that occurred Sunday is continuing at this time. The 10 year old was treated and released from Catawba Valley Medical Center. His 6 year old brother was still being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte due to the injuries he sustained in the attack and remained hospitalized Tuesday. The dogs are still being held at the Catawba County Animal Shelter. Investigators have confirmed the dogs are up to date on their vaccinations. This investigation is continuing.
73-year-old Grady Samuel Hicks of Damascus Church Road in Statesville will face an additional 42 counts of indecent liberties as the result of an ongoing investigation into sex abuse allegations against him. He was initially arrested and charged with 18 sex offenses, as reported by WHKY on January 22.
The latest charges were filed as the investigation identified another victim. That individual, who is now 20 years old, was victimized over a three-to-four-year period when the victim was between the ages of 12 & 15. The victim said the incidents occurred while going to and from church with Hicks and also on hunting and fishing trips he took with Hicks. The victim said numerous incidents occurred from July of 2006 to December of 2009.
Hicks’ next appearance in an Iredell County courtroom was scheduled for April 24.
Lincolnton Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a case that began at about 4:30 p.m. on January 22 when a suspect took $100 from a cashier at the Wal-Mart store on North Generals Boulevard.
The suspect is a black male who bought a pack of gum with a $100 dollar bill. As the cashier made change, the suspect said he had received the wrong change. The suspect switched the change and the $100 dollar bill with the cashier several times before keeping both. The suspect then came back to the register with a pack of drinks and attempted to repeat the process, but the cashier would not exchange any more money with the man.
The suspect was wearing a light-colored, long-sleeved shirt. He left the scene driving a Kia with Georgia plate number PKR8229.
Anyone with information regarding the crime should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or call Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
Today (February 24) is "Take A Bite" out of hunger day in Catawba County. Inclement weather forced the event to be postponed last week. Participating restaurants will donate 10% of today's food sales to the food pantry at the Cooperative Christian Ministry of Greater Hickory. Participating restaurants are listed at whky.com.
For more information, call 828-327-0979 ext. 224.
The man who was shot and killed after breaking into a home yesterday (February 23) on Riverbend Road in Claremont has been identified as 47-year-old Vernon Bobby Dixon, whose last listed address was in Maiden.
Dixon and another unknown white male allegedly broke into the home through the basement at about 9:25 a.m. The homeowner heard noise and called 9-1-1. As he did so, Dixon kicked in a door. The homeowner, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, fired once, hitting Dixon in the chest.
Dixon died en route to the hospital. The second suspect remains at large. Investigators believe he fled the scene in a dark blue mini-van, according to Catawba Co. Sheriff Coy Reid.
The Sheriff said the homeowner will most likely not be charged. The second suspect could be charged in connection to Dixon’s death because he was involved in the commission of a felony resulting in the death of a person.