27-year-old Zachary Robert Testerman of Bar Mill Road in Millers Creek was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (August 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also served two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. Those were issued in Wayne County on May 20 and June 15.
Testerman was taken into custody at the Cubbard Express store on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,200 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
24-year-old Jalen Michael Shade of Hickory is not a suspect in the June 14 assault case that resulted in the arrests of Cedric Devonta Ellis and Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr., previously reported on WHKY on July 11 and August 1. Shade had been reported to be a suspect as the result of information received from the Hickory Police Department, which, in turn, was the result of a clerical error at H.P.D.
He was arrested on June 14 when Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of a suspect vehicle from another call. A small quantity of marijuana was found on the passenger floorboard and ten prescription pills were found on Shade's person. He faces misdemeanor charges for those alleged offenses, and he was also served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
The vehicle stop was not connected to the assault case. Shade faces no charges in connection to the assault. He was not and is not a suspect in that case.
29-year-old Jessica Lynn Hudson of Golden Valley Road in Casar was arrested by Hickory Police at 1 p.m. yesterday (August 3) on one felony count of larceny.
She was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall saw Hudson placing items in a Belk bag and in her purse. The items included four bras, three other underwear items, 13 necklaces, two necklace-earring sets, four pair of earrings, one charm necklace, three pair of sunglasses and seven cosmetics items, all with a combined value of $1,481.
Loss Prevention watched as Hudson went past the last point of sale without paying. She was then detained until Hickory Police arrived and arrested the suspect without incident.
Hudson was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen from Newton. 17-year-old Sirena Everhart has been missing since July 5 of this year.
Ms. Everhart is a white female with brown eyes. She is 5’5” tall and weighs 117 pounds. She may use the nickname, “Lexi”.
Authorities believe Ms. Everhart may still be in the Newton area or she may have traveled to Lenoir. She may be in need of medical attention.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sirena “Lexi” Everhart should call Newton Police at 828-465-7430 or contact the Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).
27-year-old Kyle Anthony Caudill of Jason Place SW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Caudill was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 4).
50-year-old Tammy Lynn Paris of Jasper, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of traffick in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Paris was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 4).
28-year-old Ashley Rebecca Church was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony counts of hit and run and identity theft. Church was placed in jail in Morganton where she was being held under $52,985 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 4).
27-year-old Zachary Robert Testerman of Bar Mill Road in Millers Creek was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and failure to appear on counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and no operators license. Testerman was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $14,200 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 4).
28-year-old John Benjamin Lookadoo of 2nd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Brookford Police Officers. He's charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, along with single felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. Lookadoo was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 4).
Unemployment rates increased across the Greater Hickory Metro and across much of the state, according to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The latest employment figures were released Wednesday (August 3) by the Department of Commerce and they reflect the June statistics. The Greater Hickory Metro counties all saw the exact same increase, four-tenths of a percent. Catawba County's unemployment rose to 4.9 percent from 4.5 percent in the May report. Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, up from 4.1. Burke County's jobless rate is now 5.1 percent, up from 4.7 in May. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, up from 5 percent even in the last report.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 5 percent even, which is up from 4.6 percent in the May report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest jobless rate with three other MSAs.
Statewide, the unemployment rate is 5.2 percent, up from 4.7 percent in the May report. The lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina is in Buncombe County at 3.9 percent, Scotland County has the highest rate at 9.2 percent. The Asheville MSA has the lowest Metropolitan Statistical Area unemployment rate at 4.1 percent, Rocky Mount has the highest at 7.5 percent. Unemployment rates increased in 96 of North Carolina's 100 counties and decreased in four.
Approximately $600 in cigarettes were stolen from outside a Hickory convenience store early yesterday (August 2).
At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hickory Police responded to the Fast & Fresh convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Two subjects reportedly took 31 cartons of assorted brands of cigarettes from a delivery truck in the parking lot. The suspects ran into a nearby wooded area. Upon arrival, Police went into the woods where they found 27 of the stolen cartons in a cardboard box.
It’s not clear if the truck was locked. No damages to the truck were reported. The victim in the case is Tobacco World, located on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory.
An anonymous tip led to the identification of a male and a female suspect. They have not yet been taken into custody.
The investigation is ongoing.
24-year-old Shatara Lashea Geter of Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested today (Wednesday, August 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Geter was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 4).
49-year-old Kelly Jean Berry of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock last night (August 2) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court. The case dates back to 2014.
Berry was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. Berry was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court today in Newton.
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced Tuesday (August 2) that dry weather conditions have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 0 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 0 is a drought watch stage that alerts the CW-DMAG members to monitor conditions more closely. A news release from the City of Hickory says there are no required actions by the community at this stage, but water and energy conservation are always encouraged, especially with high temperatures and dry conditions expected through the summer.
Below normal rainfall has triggered two of the three LIP drought indicators to Stage 0: water storage and the U. S. Drought Monitor. Water storage in the 11-reservoir Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project is slightly below target levels due to infrequent rain events this spring and increased reservoir evaporation. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor trigger indicates some of the basin is experiencing drought conditions.
The LIP is the drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions. The focus of the LIP is managing the water supply and conservation activities. Stage 0 is the first of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and is a drought watch stage.
The CW-DMAG will continue to monitor the drought conditions and work together to protect the water supply and other uses of the Catawba-Wateree River.