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58-year-old Sanford Gary Clark of Carlton Mobile Home Park Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 20) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. He has been confined in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $75,000, secured. Clark was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

29-year-old Jason Eugene Williams of Moravian Falls Road in Wilkesboro was arrested by Granite Falls Police Saturday (April 19) on charges of possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor larceny.

Williams also faces multiple felony charges in Wilkes County for breaking & entering a place of worship, larceny and habitual breaking & entering. He has also been charged as an habitual felony.

Williams was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Wilkes County Superior Court on May 19 and in a Lenoir courtroom on June 12.

27-year-old Robert Joseph Upton IV of Vernon, Connecticut was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 19) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a fight at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. Officers met the victim, a 28-year-old man from Maynardville, Tennessee, in the hotel lobby. He had a puncture wound on the lower left side of his back and a laceration on the right side of his back.

According to Police, and argument escalated into a physical altercation, resulting in the victim’s injuries, which were allegedly inflicted by Upton. The reason for the argument is unknown.

There is no update on the victim’s condition.

Upton was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 21) in Newton.

43-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Morganton was arrested Thursday (April 17) by Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety on charges of felony speeding to elude arrest, felony possession with intent to sell & deliver crack cocaine, speeding (90 MPH in a 25 MPH zone), careless & reckless driving and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

He was arrested after a short vehicle chase just before 8:15 Thursday evening. K-9 Officer Stacey Huffman saw a silver Jaguar with no insurance. The registered owner had an active warrant for non-payment of child support.  

When Officer Huffman attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled down Morehead Street, reaching speeds of 90 MPH. The suspect, Charles O’Neil, turned onto Bouchelle Street and then onto Roper Street before fleeing on foot on Faet Street.

Numerous Officers immediately surrounded the area where O’Neil fled. O’Neil laid down in the heavily wooded area, but was quickly tracked by Officer Huffman’s K-9 partner, Shrek.

Along the path where O’Neil ran, Officers found his hat, sunglasses and several rocks of crack cocaine wrapped in a cellophane package. O’Neil also had $727 in cash on his person at the time of his arrest. The cash and crack cocaine were seized. The vehicle O’Neil was operating, a 2004 Jaguar XJRS, was also seized under the state’s “Run & You’re Done” law.

O’Neil was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond, plus a $925.16 cash bond for child support. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Burke County District Court Monday, April 21st.

Monday, 21 April 2014 14:41

Newton Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

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33-year-old Derek Jerome Cox of Coley Fish Pond Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (April 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was arrested when Police responded to the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. after a clerk called regarding constant traffic in and out of room #208. Management requested that the subjects be removed from the hotel.

When Police arrived, they found a handgun in the room and charged Cox accordingly. No one else was arrested.

Cox was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

26-year-old Joshua Seth Hollifield was arrested by Officers with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force on Monday, April 7. He was charged with for felony larceny and felony trafficking in opiates.

He was arrested after the Burke Pharmacy reported the theft of medication from the store to the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Pharmacy personnel reported that sometime during normal operating hours on April 5, several bottles of narcotics were found to be missing from the store.

A review of surveillance video led to the exterminator, Joshua Hollifield, as the possible suspect. The case was turned over to the Burke County Narcotics Task Force. Hollifield was arrested in the pharmacy parking lot when he returned to complete the extermination job.

At the time of his arrest, Hollifield was allegedly found to be in possession of Oxycodone that was stolen from the pharmacy.

Hollifield was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 29 in Morganton.

With the prom season scheduled to begin in late April and early May, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will launch “Operation Drive to Live” beginning today (April 21) through April 25. The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day with the primary purpose of reducing the number of teenage related traffic collisions and deaths.

According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers are significantly over represented in fatal crashes, particularly 16- and 17-year-olds. Immaturity and inexperience are primary factors contributing to fatal crashes by young drivers. Young drivers ages 15- to 20-years old are more vulnerable to death and injury on the roadways. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. and in North Carolina.

Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Approximately 16% of all distracted driving crashes involve drivers under the age of 20. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people under the age of 20 were killed in distracted driving crashes.

In 2013, the Highway Patrol investigated over 47,013 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 and 19. Of those collisions, 86 resulted in one or more fatalities.

51-year-old Antonio Martinez of Oak Grove Road in Atlanta has been charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 9:40 last Thursday morning (April 17), the Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers stopped a 1995 Cadillac for following too closely on I-77. During the course of the stop, Deputies detected an overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During the subsequent search, Deputies found a cardboard box containing 18 glass mason jars. In the jars was approximately 482 grams of hydroponic marijuana with a street value of $9,640. Three pistols, one shotgun and one SKS assault rifle, along with approximately 1000 rounds of ammunition, were found concealed inside the vehicle.

Deputies also found equipment used in an elaborate marijuana grow operation. Among those items were lights, extension cords, fans, liquid fertilizer, vent tubes and a portable tent. $3,944 in cash and the Cadillac used to transport the illegal items were also seized.

After his arrest, Martinez was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (April 21).

The Hickory Jaycees have announced that they will sponsor a 24th season of Hickory Alive! in the City Hall parking lot in downtown Hickory. Hickory Alive! is an annual, free concert series that will run this year on the first Fridays in June, July, August and September.

The series will begin on June 6. All Hickory Alive! events will run from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Subsequent Fridays in the series fall on July 4, August 1 and September 5. Performers will be announced at a future date.

In addition to the free concert, food, beverage and craft vendors will be on hand. For those over the age of 21, adult beverages will also be available.

The Hickory Jaycees are now accepting vendor applications with a vendor deadline set for Friday, May 2. Interested parties should email hickoryjaycee@yahoo.com.

More information is also available at 828-322-2080 or hickoryjaycee.com.

The Catawba County Democratic Party will hold its next meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22) at the party's headquarters, 1612 Tate Boulevard in Hickory. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, call 828-322-5100 or visit catawbacountydemocrats.com.