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On Wednesday (July 20), the Catawba County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug suspect round-up entitled "Operation 98 Degrees." According to the most recent information released by the Sheriff's Office, the operation began at 6 a.m. Wednesday and concluded later in the day with 39 defendants in custody.

A majority of the charges stem from purchases of controlled substances made by undercover drug task force officers. The drug task force is made up of investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Maiden Police Department, and Homeland Security.

22-year-old Rebekah Larae Arney of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and felony larceny. Following the arrest, Arney was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 21).

Thursday, 21 July 2016 05:09

Morganton House Fire Displaces Residents

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An early morning fire Wednesday (July 20) caused damage to a Morganton home along with a nearby residence, and displaced residents.

Wednesday at 4 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a structure fire at 607 Alexander Avenue. Upon arriving on scene, public safety officers found that all occupants were out of the residence. The residence was fully engulfed in flames on the northwest end and flames were coming out of the roof. The fire spread rapidly through the structure within minutes and heat from the fire melted vinyl siding from a nearby house.

Burke County EMS and the Burke County Rescue Squad responded to assist firefighters with rehabilitation and to treat any injuries. The fire was brought under control within 45 minutes and was declared out within two hours. Firefighters and investigators were on the scene for over three more hours conducting overhaul to ensure the fire did not rekindle.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family members, who were displaced by the early morning blaze. There were no injuries related to the fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. No damage estimate was released.

25-year-old Edward Roger McCraw of Millers Park Lane in Vale has been arrested by Officers in Lincoln County on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

McCraw is the second person charged in connection to a June 25, break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale. As reported previously on WHKY, a former employee, 45-year-old Crystal Lynn Dellinger of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale, was arrested earlier this month on the same charges. The pair is accused of stealing $202 from the cash register in the restaurant.

McCraw was arrested after Detective Matt Burgess received information that he was staying at a location in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police found McCraw yesterday (July 19) on South Laurel Street, near the intersection with Rhodes Street. He was detained and turned over to Detective Burgess for processing.

McCraw gave a full confession and was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $9,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

29-year-old Felicia Denise Harrison of Reedham Court in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (July 19) on misdemeanor and felony counts of larceny. She was also charged with a felony parole violation and she was charged as an habitual felon.

Harrison was arrested in connection to an incident on November 6 of last year at the Priscilla McCall’s store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The store manager told Police that three black females entered the store. As they exited the store, a security sensor went off. The manager confronted the women, who eventually left.

A review of video surveillance later determined that one of the women removed a pink, Evolve Dream Maker dual stimulator from the package, put it in her purse and left without paying. The woman was identified as Felicia Harrison and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Harrison has previous larceny convictions in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. She was on parole as a result of those convictions and had been absconder by the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole.

Harrison was taken into custody without incident yesterday on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory’s Ridgeview area. She has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,750 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:39

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Marijuana Charges

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45-year-old Richard Leroy Lowman, Jr. of “B” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eight o’clock last night (July 19) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

He was arrested after Police executed a search warrant at Lowman’s residence. They found 196.5 grams of marijuana, scales and a pipe.

Lowman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:48

Hickory City Council Meets Tuesday Night

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Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (July 19). Retiring members of boards and commissions were recognized and thanked for their service to the community. Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda all passed unanimously. A departmental report was discussed in regard to approving a memorandum of understanding with Habitat for Humanity. That item was passed unanimously. In addition during last night's meeting, Dr. Trish Johnson was voted unanimously to the Public Housing Authority Board.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 06:39

Man Arrested On Rape Charge In Alexander County

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46-year-old Anthony O'Brian Hill of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony second degree forcible rape.

According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, July 20), on Friday (July 15), investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault to a 31-year-old female in the Hiddenite community. After telling police that she had been sexually assaulted, Rape Crisis was contacted and met with the victim at the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was later taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

Hill was arrested at his residence in connection with the reported incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center. He was locked up under $250,000 Secured Bond.  His next appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 25) in District Court. 

31-year-old Dustin Allen Lewis of East Pine Street in Marion was arrested Monday (July 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of child abuse with severe bodily injury and child abuse with serious physical injury. Lewis was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for September 12.

26-year-old Jessica Janea Wilson of 3rd Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with three counts apiece of sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule I controlled substance, and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance at a child care center. Wilson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, July 20).