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The City of Hickory starts it’s fall sales of mulch and leaf compost tomorrow (Friday, August 28). Mulch and leaf compost will be available starting tomorrow and Saturday (August 29).

The City of Hickory’s Yard Waste facility hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting tomorrow. The facility is located on Cloninger Mill Road, which is off N.C. 127, near the bridge that crosses Lake Hickory and links to Alexander County. The hours will remain the same until all the mulch and compost are gone.

The material used for the mulch and compost comes from what city crews pick up during the year, including tree branches, Christmas trees and leaves. Leaf compost is $20 per scoop (pickup truck load) and double-ground mulch will be $20 per scoop. For more information, call the Hickory Public Services Department at (828) 323-7500.

60-year-old Patricia Ann Banks of Palm Tree Drive in Vale was arrested and charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell & deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Working off tips from citizens, Lincoln County Narcotics Detectives conducted an investigation over the span of several months that led to the issuance of a search warrant for a residence on Palm Tree Drive in the Palm Tree Heights Development in Vale. During a search conducted last night (August 26), Detectives located crack cocaine packaged for sale and 13 roxicodone pain pills.

Banks was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $17,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:00

Lawndale Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

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46-year-old Warren Darnell Tipps of New Hope Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (August 26) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory spotted Tipps and knew that he had previously been banned from Hickory Housing Authority property. A search of Tipps’ person yielded 0.5 grams of crack cocaine. He was taken into custody without incident.

Tipps was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:32

Hickory Woman Arrested On String Of Drug Charges

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26-year-old Emma Leigh Harrington of 14th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Harrington is charged with single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed weapon. Harrington was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $110,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 28).

45-year-old Betty Diane Reed of Camary Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (August 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespassing, and simple assault. Following the arrest, Reed was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,500 bond on the meth, stolen property, and assault charges, and no bond on the trespassing charge. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 27).

Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:57

Caldwell County Man Charged With Drug Offenses

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41-year-old Chad Eugene Fox of Duke Power Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Following the arrest Fox was detained under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 27).

Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:54

No Charges To Be Filed In Stabbing Death

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A Hickory man will not face criminal charges in the stabbing death of his stepfather.

The decision was revealed in a news release issued this morning (Thursday, August 27) by the District Attorney’s Office. After carefully reviewing the evidence, the investigation and witness interviews conducted by Hickory Police Department, District Attorney David Learner determined that 33-year-old Derek Lane McAdams, acted in self-defense when he fatally stabbed his stepfather, 50-year-old Tony William Johnson, during a domestic dispute. The incident occurred on August 4 at the Cloninger Mill Road residence they shared in Hickory.

Johnson died at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory about an hour after the altercation.

Learner met with Investigator P.G. Clark, Capt. Reid Baer, Mr. McAdams and his family Tuesday, Aug. 25 and informed them of his decision to not pursue criminal charges against the stepson, who defended himself and his mother Teresa Johnson when Tony Johnson physically and verbally assaulted them three weeks earlier.

“It’s tragic, very unfortunate,” Learner said of the death. “But it was, in fact, a situation of very intense domestic violence that unfortunately resulted in the death of Mr. Johnson. There was no criminal intent, and this was not a criminal act.”

According to the HPD investigation, led by Investigator Clark and Capt. Baer, Johnson returned to the home on Aug. 4 and physically attacked McAdams in his room at the house. When the fight broke up, Tony Johnson turned his anger toward his wife Teresa and began shouting at her in their bedroom.

McAdams stepped into the room with a knife in an attempt to defend his mother when Tony Johnson again physically attacked him. Pushed against a bookshelf, McAdams swung the knife and stabbed his stepfather in the neck. He pushed Tony Johnson off of him and went out of the house until HPD officers arrived on scene.

Witness accounts from McAdams’ mother, sister Christi McAdams and girlfriend Heather Lemacks were consistent with the statement McAdams gave to investigators when he was taken into custody about the events that led to the stabbing. All of the physical evidence was also consistent with the eyewitness accounts of the event.

“This was a meticulous investigation that all points to Mr. McAdams defending himself and his mother,” Learner said. “Hickory Police Department did a very thorough job investigating this case.”

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he lured his ex-girlfriend into his vehicle and assaulted her. 24-year-old Gregory Clifford Houser of Clemson Lane in Stanley was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of felony second degree kidnapping, and one misdemeanor count each of Assault on a Female, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, Communicating Threats and Assault Inflicting Serious Injury.

According to a news release, on Monday (August 24), Houser went to the Clintwood Drive, Stanley address of 20-year-old Keri Yvonne Shaul to allegedly visit their six month old child.

After several minutes Houser convinced Ms. Shaul to ride with him to a nearby convenience store to get cigarettes. The victim told deputies that Houser threatened her as they drove away from the residence. She said Houser assaulted her with his hands as they traveled over several county roads near her home but did not stop at the convenience store. The victim was also threatened with a knife during the incident.

The news release says Houser drove back to the entrance of Clintwood Road where the victim was able to exit the vehicle and run home to call for help. Deputies were unable to locate Houser and EMS was dispatched to the scene to evaluate Ms. Shaul. She refused transportation to the hospital but later went to the hospital by private owned vehicle to be checked out. Ms. Shaul also secured a 50-B Domestic Violence Protection Order.

Houser was later arrested and jailed under a $75,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for September 14.

A 21-year-old Lincolnton man accused of striking and killing a bicyclist earlier this month remains incarcerated after his attorney’s motion for a bond reduction was denied in Catawba County District Court on Wednesday (August 26).

Steffan Aleksander Robinson was arrested August 3 on charges of felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired. Robinson is accused of hitting 29-year-old Tyler Finley Sims of Granite Falls head on as Sims was biking along N.C. Highway 127 near Clark Tire in Hickory around 8 a.m. that same day.

Defense Attorney Adam Millsaps asked that Robinson’s bond be reduced from $196,700 to $75,000 on the charges of felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired along with four probation violations.

The Honorable Mark Killian, District Court Judge from Catawba County, denied that motion after hearing Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles’ argument to keep the bond intact. Earles countered Millsaps’ argument that Robinson could be closely supervised by probation officers if he was released from jail at the reduced bond amount.

Earles argued against the bond reduction by pointing out that contact with probation did not prevent the tragedy from happening, noting Robinson’s statement to law enforcement officers regarding his impairment while stressing the State’s concern for the safety of the community.

According to reports from Hickory Police Department, Sims was following traffic laws for bicyclists and wearing a helmet when Robinson’s vehicle swerved across multiple lanes and struck the bicyclist. Robinson’s vehicle, a 2007 Saturn Aura, also struck an unoccupied vehicle before crashing into a power pole and coming to a stop in the parking lot of Clark Tire on North Center Street.

Robinson has been incarcerated since the fatal crash. His probable cause hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was continued to September 11.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with a pair of undercover drug investigations.

Sheriff Alan Jones announced in a news release that on Wednesday (August 26) the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit made the two arrests. 31-year-old Angela Michelle Herman of Huffman Road in Lenoir and 38-year-old Michelle Lynn Hughes of Misty Morn Drive in Lenoir were both arrested at their residences without incident.

According to the news release, Herman was the focus of an undercover operation that occurred on June 11. She reportedly sold and delivered methamphetamine to an undercover officer in Lenoir. Herman is charged with felony counts of Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Methamphetamine, Sell Methamphetamine, and Deliver Methamphetamine.

Hughes was the focus of a separate undercover investigation where she reportedly sold and delivered a crystal substance represented to be methamphetamine to an undercover officer on Misty Morn Drive in Lenoir. Agents later learned the substance was not real and was part of a ruse to sell fake methamphetamine. Hughes is charged with felony counts of Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance, Sell a Counterfeit Controlled Substance, and Deliver a Counterfeit Controlled Substance.

Herman was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Hughes was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond. She has since posted bond and was released. Both women were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (Thursday, August 27).