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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 05:47

Woman Charged With Meth Possession

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45-year-old Sherry Walker Fish of Siesta Lane was arrested Monday (January 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Fish (pictured) was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (January 7.)  

72-year-old Roy Lee Brown of Devil Track Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (January 5) on four felony counts as a sex offender on child premises.

According to a Police spokesperson, Brown was within 300 feet of Hickory High School, the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Taft Broome Park. The incidents occurred on December 19 & 23.

Brown is on the sex offender registry as the result of a January 1999 conviction in Catawba County for first-degree sex offense.

Following his arrest, Brown was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday (January 7.)

The first public input meeting for the Downtown Newton Streetscape Plan and the North Newton Master Plan will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 12, at City Hall, 401 North Main Avenue in Newton.

The plans currently being formed will introduce specific strategies for redevelopment of Newton’s city center and the area that surrounds the Historic Newton Depot in North Newton. Developers prefer to invest in a city where a range of urban design projects has already been vetted. Input from Newton residents is essential to crafting a plan the entire Newton community will embrace.

Allison Platt, of landscape design and urban architectural firm Allison Platt & Associates, will lead the meeting. Platt has worked on projects around the world, including a tourism development plan for Liverpool, England, and a center-city study for Belfast, Northern Ireland. Most of Platt’s work focuses on small- to medium-sized cities. She has worked with cities in North Carolina including Belhaven, Goldsboro, New Bern and Shallotte.

Platt hopes to find out what residents admire about Newton and what parts of the city residents would like to see improved. Her presentation will include examples of urban design and landscape architecture that have revitalized communities.

Additional public meetings will be announced in the coming months.

The Downtown Newton Streetscape Plan and North Newton Master Plan are expected to be unveiled this summer.

Monday, 05 January 2015 14:35

Water to be Shut Off in Glen Alpine Wednesday

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The City of Morganton Water Resources Department plans to temporarily shut off water this Wednesday (January 7) on Catawba Street in Glen Alpine. The water shut off will start at 9 a.m. Service should be restored by 4 p.m.

Ronnie Suttles, Collections & Distribution Supervisor in the Water Resources Department, said the city needs to install a valve and replace a fire hydrant on the water line on Catawba Street. Customers on Catawba Street from the post office to the intersection of Turkey Tail Lane and Watermill Glen Alpine Road will be affected, including side streets and residents of the River Glen subdivision.

For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

27-year-old Steven Floyd Fish has been arrested on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering and four counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He is currently wanted on two counts of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

Events leading to the initial arrest began in December 2014 after the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding the theft of various items from Cumberland Road in Statesville. Stolen items included car batteries, two small dirt bikes and various car parts valued at approximately $3,425. The victim named a possible suspect who was renting from him and had recently moved out after refusing to pay.

Detectives spoke to numerous neighbors in the area and learned that another neighbor had also recently had items stolen. Witnesses reported seeing a man in possession of items matching the stolen property. That man was Steven Floyd Fish, the same suspect named by the first victim.

Detectives found that some of the stolen property had been sold to salvage dealers. That evidence, combined with the other information, led to the issuance of warrants for Fish’s arrest. He was taken into custody on December 23 and then released after posting a $3,000 secured bond.

Detectives working other active investigations linked Fish to three more cases in the area. Additional warrants have been issued for Fish’s arrest. Since his release from custody, Fish has been avoiding law enforcement and has not been located at his home or other known locations. He was scheduled to appear in court on traffic charges today (January 5) with a District Court date on the larceny and B&E charges coming up on February 23.

Anyone with information regarding Fish’s whereabouts should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

32-year-old Michael Cole Davis and 44-year-old David Jewell, both of Rosy Apple Lane in Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony first-degree burglary and felony second-degree kidnapping.

Events leading to their arrests began on December 29 when Deputies and Detectives responded to a reported burglary. The victim said she was home alone at her residence on Monticello Road at about 12:45 a.m. when two men entered her residence and demanded her medication. The suspects threatened the victim when she didn’t immediately turn over the medication.

Early in the investigation, Deputies learned that a friend had come over to the victim’s home and had brought Michael Cole Davis with him. During the visit, the victim discovered that someone had been in her medicine cabinet. She confronted Davis, who denied taking any medications.

A short time later, the victim said she was getting ready for bed when she heard a noise. She was grabbed and forced onto her bed while one suspect held the victim down and the other man searched the room. One of the suspects placed a pillow over the victim’s head and demanded to know where the pills were. The victim refused to answer. After failing to find the pain meds, the suspects fled the scene.

The victim recognized one of the suspects as Michael Davis, the man who had been to her home earlier. Deputies went to Davis’ home on Rosy Apple Lane. During a search, Deputies found gloves, clothing and other evidence linking Davis to the crime. After interviewing Davis, Officers were able to identify the second suspect as David Jewell. Davis also admitted that after being accused of stealing medication by the victim, he decided to go back and take the medication. Deputies photographed and collected items for evidence and gathered all available witness statements.

Jewell was also located and interviewed. Both he and Davis were arrested and charged accordingly. Davis was given a $40,000 secured bond and bond for Jewell was set at $7,500, secured. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (January 5).

Since May 1, 2014, Davis has been serving 24 months supervised probation for felony possession of marijuana and manufacturing marijuana.

Monday, 05 January 2015 12:17

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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26-year-old Jessica Dawn Greer of the Greedy Highway in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (January 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Officers spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at West End Bar-B-Q on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Officers made contact with Jessica Greer and conducted a search, leading to the discovery of 0.4 grams of methamphetamine in Greer’s purse and digital scales in the vehicle. Another female and a male were present, but were not charged.

Greer was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 5) in Newton.

19-year-old David James Agnew of Jacksonville, North Carolina, has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury.

On December 29, 2014, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding a three-month-old white female who was at Piedmont Pediatrics in Iredell County. The child was later transferred to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.

The child had two fractured ribs and two fractured legs. According to Alexander Co. Sheriff Chris Bowman, doctors said the injuries had already begun to heal, indicating that the incident leading to the injuries occurred some time ago. The child was hospitalized overnight and then released into the custody of the Alexander County Department of Social Services on December 31.

An investigation revealed that Agnew was responsible for the injuries. He was living with his girlfriend in Stony Point. Agnew and his girlfriend are the child’s parents.

Agnew has been jailed under a $400,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court last Friday (January 2).

The investigation is continuing.    

Monday, 05 January 2015 11:29

Hickory Man Arrested on Drug & Firearms Charges

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46-year-old Charles Edward Hunt, Jr. of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:09 a.m. Saturday (January 3) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hunt was arrested when Officers on foot patrol on the 800 block of 2nd Street S.W. detected the odor of marijuana coming from a residence there. Three people inside the residence were ordered to come outside.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 1.1 grams of marijuana, 7.7 grams of crack cocaine, a semi-automatic Ruger LCP handgun, a grinder, a metal pipe, digital scales, baggies and $420 in cash. Hunt, who lived at the residence, was taken into custody without incident. The other two individuals were not charged.

Hunt was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 5) in Newton.

Monday, 05 January 2015 11:25

Two Arrested on Multiple Charges in Hickory

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21-year-old Haley Dawn Young of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory and 45-year-old Patrick Sean Johnson of Shilloh Ridge Run in Kennesaw, Georgia were both arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night (January 4). Young was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony probation violation from Lincoln County. Johnson faces one felony count of carrying a concealed gun and misdemeanor charges of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

The arrests occurred when Officers approached a vehicle at the Sunhouse gas station on 2nd Avenue N.W. and smelled burned marijuana. Police recognized Young and knew she had outstanding warrants for her arrest on the probation violation and for failure to appear on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.

When Johnson was asked to step out of the vehicle, Officers found a .45-caliber SIG Sauer firearm in his jacket pocket. They found 36 dosage units of Alprazolam and a plastic bag containing 7.9 grams of marijuana on his person.

A search of the vehicle turned up a spoon with white residue on it and five used syringes. Another spoon was found in Young’s purse.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Young set at $17,650, secured, while Johnson was given a $180,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for January 21 in Hickory.