49-year-old Paul Everette Lafon of Lafon Road in Newton was arrested Saturday (April 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lafon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $44,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).
35-year-old Joseph Dewayne Hudson of Charthouse Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (April 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hudson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating runaway juvenile, Haylee Lasha Jones. Jones ran away from her residence on April 10, 2018. She was last seen on Conley Road in Burke County. All evidence suggests that she voluntarily ran away.
Jones is described as 5’3”, 198 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair. Jones was last seen wearing a red tee shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.
All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to the location of Jones may be eligible for a cash reward.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (April 17).
Among the items under new business on Tuesday's agenda is an update on the Trivium Corporate Center, formerly known as Park 1764. Public Services Director Kevin Greer will present the update on the center, which is a proposed business park identified for bond proceeds as part of the city's bond referendum. An area has been identified in southeast Hickory that is large enough and conducive to development of a business park.
Also under new business tomorrow night, Assistant City Manager Rodney Miller will present the third quarter financial report, the city will accept a 2017 Tree City USA Award, and council will made appointments to boards and commissions.
Among the items on the consent agenda for Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting is the approval of a resolution supporting the grant application for the Surface Transportation Block Grant. Another item on the consent agenda is the approval to modify the traffic ordinance to increase the speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour along Startown Road within the city limits and to increase the speed limit from 45 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour along McDonald Parkway within the city limits.
Read the complete Hickory City Council agenda at www.hickorync.gov. Tuesday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
31-year-old Angela Marie Dale of Ervin Dale Lane in Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Dale was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (April 16).
56-year-old Carol Ruppert Bates of Peak Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (April 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Bates was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $32,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 16).
26-year-old Jasmin Marie Andrews of Willis Road in Vale was arrested Friday (April 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Andrews was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 16).
19-year-old Corey Jermaine Brodie of Zion Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 yesterday morning on one felony count of hit & run with failure to stop for personal injury.
Brodie was arrested in connection to an incident on April 8. At that time, Hickory Police responded to a traffic crash in the vicinity of the Hickory Furniture Mart on Highway 70 S.E. The driver of the vehicle, Corey Jermaine Brodie, had left the scene before Officers arrived. Warrants for his arrest were obtained.
Brodie was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Daniel Lee Burnette of Sain Road in Lawndale was arrested today (April 13) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor probation violation out of county. Burnette was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $90,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and May 7. He also has a Superior Court date May 7.
33-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of 15th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 6 p.m. yesterday (April 12) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a felony probation violation.
Vicente was arrested yesterday as Hickory Police assisted the Hickory Fire Department with traffic control in the area of 2nd Avenue S.W. and 9th Street S.W. Firefighters were battling a fire at an auto repair shop on 2nd Avenue S.W.
On the scene, Officers saw a vehicle with no N.C. registration plate displayed. During the incident, the driver, Ronald Piper Vicente, struck one Officer. In Vicente’s possession, Police found 1.6 grams of methamphetamine, 7.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Vicente was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $80,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
34-year-old Rodney Lee Jones of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested today (April 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to register a new address as a sex offender and two counts of felony probation violation out of county. Jones was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $71,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (April 16).
35-year-old Samantha Ann Wilcox of Roberts Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 12) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Wilcox was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 13).
39-year-old Juan German Vazquez-Pineda of Wilkesboro, 21-year-old Juan Jose Alarado Ibarra of Burlington and 40-year-old Rufino Iturbe Jimenez of Charlotte have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. All three suspects were charged with felony possession of cocaine. Vazquez-Pineda was also charged with felony possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine. Vazquez-Pineda and Ibarra were both charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and Jimenez faces an additional felony count for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.
On Sunday, April 8, as Iredell County Deputies were working security at a rodeo at Van Hoy’s Campground on Jericho Road in Harmony, they noticed three men behaving suspiciously near a wooded area. Deputies approached the men and began to question them. The men were evasive in their answers.
Deputies conducted pat down searches and found drugs and drug paraphernalia on the three men. Officers seized ten baggies containing cocaine and three baggies containing meth, all packaged for sale.
All three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Vazquez-Pineda was given a $25,000 secured bond. Ibarra’s bond was set at $5,000, secured, and Jimenez was held under a $20,000 secured bond. Court appearances were set for April 30.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 39-year-old Caroline Jean Fitter, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Ms. Fitter is a white female. She is 5' 7" tall and weighs 153 pounds. She has medium-length, brown hair and blue eyes. Ms. Fitter was last seen at 104 Walker Foundry Loop in Taylorsville. She was wearing a black sweater, blue jeans and brown boots.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Caroline Jean Fitter should call the Alexander Co. Sheriffs Office at 828-632-2911.