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Monday, 14 March 2016 06:08

Claremont Man Arrested On Drug Charges

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36-year-old Adam Marshal Stone of Summer Paradise Lane in Claremont was arrested Saturday (March 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal contempt. Stone was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 13.

39-year-old Dexter Leon Surratt of 3rd Street Court SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (March 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to register as a sex offender. In addition, Surratt is charged with being an habitual felon. Surratt was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 16.

An accident in Watauga County claimed the life of a teenager. According to WSOC, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol was investigating the single-vehicle wreck that resulted in the death of a teen and injuries to his younger brother.  

According to the reports, a witness told troopers that the car veered off Mast Gap Road and went down an embankment near Cove Creek.

The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Brandon Aldridge of Foscoe, was traveling north on Mast Gap Road Saturday (March 12) when he rounded a curve and went left of center. His 2005 Subaru sedan ran off the road to the left, down an embankment, and struck a tree. The impact tore the roof off of the vehicle which then plunged into a creek.  

Officials investigating the crash said Aldridge died at the scene and it took an hour to free him from the wreckage. WSOC reports Aldridge’s brother was standing in the open back seat of the car when officials arrived and was yelling that his brother was hurt. The 12-year-old reportedly has non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Watauga Medical Center to be evaluated.

A man wanted in connection with a shooting in Hickory Sunday morning (March 13) has been arrested. 24-year-old Madison Edward Merola of Plateau Road in Newton was arrested Sunday by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

On Sunday, at approximately 1:55 a.m., Hickory Police responded to the area of 3rd St NW and 1st Av NW in reference to a reported shooting. Upon their arrival officers discovered 24-year-old Helen Baumer of Hickory, lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound.

Baumer was in the company of 22-year-old Nathan Hedge of Hickory when they were confronted by Merola who was armed with a handgun. During the confrontation, Merola fired a shot that struck Baumer. Baumer was transported to the hospital for treatment where she is listed in critical condition.   

Merola was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond on the attempted murder charge and no bond on the assault charge. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday (March 15).

Hickory Police are continuing the investigation.

38-year-old James Norman Merriam of Swanson Road in Crouse was arrested Friday (March 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of Possession of Methamphetamine, Identity Theft, and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.  He was also charged with three felony counts of Possessing Pseudoephedrine with a Prior Meth Conviction.

Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives, assisted by detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department’s Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Division, conducted a search warrant at a residence near the 2400 block of Swanson Road. During the search, detectives seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The search and subsequent arrest came after an investigation into drug activity at the residence. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives say they believe the man was cooking meth in an outbuilding using a “one pot” method on a regular basis. An investigation into pseudoephedrine purchases showed the man was buying the product using another subject’s identification in an attempt to avoid detection.  

Detectives say the man lived in the outbuilding behind the residence and had a video surveillance camera system in place so he could see if law enforcement came to the residence. Of the paraphernalia items detectives seized, many were items consistent with the use and manufacturing of methamphetamine.  

Merriam was placed in jail under $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, March 14).

20-year-old Samuel Donovan Lawing of Barton Creek Drive in Charlotte was arrested Saturday (March 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of Felony Possession of Marijuana and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop Saturday near the 7100 block of Hwy 73 in Denver after they spotted a vehicle run a red light. During the stop, detectives smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and conducted a search.
 
Detectives seized a quarter pound of hydroponic marijuana from the vehicle. The high grade marijuana was individually packaged in plastic freezer bags consistent with the sell or delivery of the drug. The driver, and only occupant, of the vehicle admitted to detectives he has been selling the drug in the Denver area on a regular basis. The marijuana seized had a street value of between $600 and $1000 depending on how it is sold.  

Lawing was released after posting a $2500 secured bond. He was schedulet to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, March 14).

A man is wanted in connection with a shooting in Hickory.

On Sunday (March 13), at approximately 1:55 a.m., Hickory Police responded to the area of 3rd St NW and 1st Av NW in reference to a reported shooting .  Upon their arrival officers discovered 24-year-old Helen Baumer of Hickory, lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Baumer was in the company of 22-year-old Nathan Hedge of Hickory when they were confronted by Madison Edward Merola who was armed with a handgun. During the confrontation, Merola fired a shot that struck Baumer. Baumer was transported to the hospital for treatment where she is listed in critical condition.   

Warrants have been issued for Madison Edward Merola, a white male, 24 years old, of Newton, for Attempted 1st Degree Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury.   

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding the location of Madison Edward Merola is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551.

21-year-old Ethan Scott Young of Hiddenite was arrested Thursday (March 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to kill and Felony Discharging a weapon into an occupied residence or vehicle.

According to a news release issued today (Friday, March 11), the charges stem from an incident that began Thursday night off Damascus Church Road in Hiddenite. Young is said to have been firing a rifle when he was approached by a neighbor complaining that some of the bullets were landing close to his residence. An altercation ensued between the two men during which time the neighbor wrestled the rifle away from Young. Young then allegedly produced another weapon. At this point Young began following the neighbor in a vehicle; Young allegedly fired multiple shots at the vehicle driven by the neighbor.

The neighbor then stated he knew that a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper lived off Johnson’s Farm Road and he went there for possible assistance. The vehicles then ended up at the Troopers residence. The news release says Young reportedly fired at least seven shots striking the home of the Trooper. The Trooper and his family were elsewhere at the time of the incident.

During the incident, an off duty Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy who was nearby was contacted by phone. The officer then responded and was able to take Young into custody near the scene. No one was hit with the gunfire and there were no injuries reported. There is no indication that the Highway Patrol Trooper whose home was struck with gunfire had any previous dealings with the suspect.

Ethan Scott Young was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center and placed under a $250,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

29-year-old Mitchell Dean Stevens of Maehill Place S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday on two felony counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed gun, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Police received information regarding a subject using heroin at the Hickory Furniture Mart on Highway 70 S.E. Officers located the subject’s vehicle in the parking lot. They ran the registration plate, which proved to be fictitious. Police then entered the store where the subject was employed.

The subject, Mitchell Dean Stevens, was asked to accompany Police outside. Before exiting the store, Stevens allegedly threw a bottle from his person. In the bottle were nine Alprazolam pills, two Dextroamphetamine pills, one Clonazepam pill and one Suboxone strip. A Smith & Wesson .32 caliber handgun and a syringe were found in the vehicle.

Stevens was taken into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 12 in Newton.

Friday, 11 March 2016 10:50

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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50-year-old Kelly Jean Davis of 6th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked. She was also charged with misdemeanor speeding to elude arrest.

Davis was taken into custody without incident at 1:42 a.m. at her residence. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.