The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office named its law enforcement officers of the year last night (December 7).
The sixth annual “Sergeant John H. Howell II Memorial Deputy Sheriff of the Year Award” went to Detective Frank Runyon, a nine-year veteran, who began his career at the Sheriff’s Office in 2007 as a full time Civil Officer. He moved to the patrol division in 2008 and was promoted to Detective in 2013. He serves as treasurer of the local Fraternal Order of Police. This year, he coordinated an effort to raise thousands of dollars for the family of fallen Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen.
The sixth annual “First Sergeant Thomas R. Taylor Detention Officer of the Year Award” was presented to Detention Officer Robert Hooks, Jr. Officer Hooks is a five-year veteran of the Detention Center. He was hired in 2011 after a stint in the Navy. Officer Hooks studied Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. On Thanksgiving Day of this year, Officer Hooks discovered an unresponsive inmate in a holding cell. He and other detention officers started C.P.R. until E.M.S. arrived, potentially saving the inmate’s life.
Permanent plaques are displayed in the lobby at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office honoring each annual award recipient.
17-year-old Sulayman Admeer Williams of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late Tuesday night (December 6) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, plus misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering a building, larceny and damage to real property with willful & wanton injury.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of 26th Avenue N.E. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (December 8) in Newton.
50-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Wednesday morning (December 7) for a felony probation violation. He is on probation following a February 2016 conviction in Catawba County for felony speeding to elude arrest.
Dillard was taken into custody without incident at about 45 minutes past midnight yesterday on 4th Street S.W., about two blocks from Hickory Police headquarters. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for December 12 in Newton.
56-year-old Joel Nicholas Baker of Freezer Locker Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of selling methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substances. Baker was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 8).
36-year-old Joshua Lee Parsons and 41-year-old Tabitha Rae Deaton, both of the same Rockfall Lane, Newton, address, were both arrested Wednedsday (December 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Parsons is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Deaton is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Parsons was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond, Deaton's bond was set at $3,000 secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, December 8).
38-year-old Brandon Shawn Pendley was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Pendley was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $155,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (December 12).
27-year-old Katie Ann Hayes was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with five felony counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Hayes was placed in jail in Morganton under $72,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court Friday (December 9) and next Tuesday (December 13).
31-year-old Crystal Nicole Randleman of Stratford Lane in Denver was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Randleman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 8).
34-year-old Jason Travis Shook of Houston Mill Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Shook was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 8).
On Tuesday evening (December 6), a report was filed with the Lincolnton Police Department concerning a teenaged runaway. Police were told that 13-year-old John David Charles had run away from home. Charles is described as a black male, 5’07”, 130 lbs., with a slim build. Charles is a frequent runaway who has had juvenile runaway pickup orders on him in the past.
Charles is known to frequent Betty Ross Park, City Park, the Lincolnton Rail Trail, the Lincolnton Public Library, and the Christian Ministry Soup Kitchen. Additionally, Charles is known to frequent the areas of E. Pine Street, Mauney Drive, and the Oaklawn communities.
Charles is also entered NCIC as a runaway. If anyone locates Charles, please contact the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900 or contact 9-1-1.
At about 10:30 this morning (December 7), a pedestrian, 72-year-old Vione Mae Miller of Hickory, was struck by a passenger vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The incident occurred on the 400 block of Highway 70, in the general vicinity of Auto Master and U-Haul Self Storage.
Ms. Miller sustained critical injuries as a result of the collision. She was transported by Catawba County E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.
The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation into the collision. No further details are available.
31-year-old Alexis Joel Adorno Diaz of Conover, was given an active prison sentence of at least five years for pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. The guilty plea was entered on Tuesday (December 6), during Catawba County Superior Court.
Diaz will serve his prison term of five to seven years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections after being sentenced by the Honorable Timothy S. Kincaid, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. In addition to the active prison sentence, Diaz also was assessed a mandatory $50,000 fine.
In November 2015, investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search and investigation regarding the sale and distribution of methamphetamine at Diaz’s residence. During the search, investigators located crystal methamphetamine in the refrigerator.
The substance was sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab and tested positive for a trafficking amount of methamphetamine.
Michael Hicks was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Sean Baetjer and Wes Hawn prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
29-year-old Teresa Shipes Hoyle of Hudson Poultry Road in Iron Station was arrested yesterday (December 6) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of larceny, two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
She was arrested after Detective Lt. Matt Lykins took a report Monday (December 5) from a female victim who lives on Hudson Poultry Road. The victim had information regarding the theft of a 14-karat gold marquise diamond wedding ring that was taken in 2014 and the theft of a Fender Stratocaster Squire Guitar, stolen last year.
The victim’s daughter, Teresa Shipes Hoyle, confessed to her that she was the one who took the items. Hoyle also told Detectives that she took the items to Boger City Pawn and received money for them. The pawned items were not recovered.
Hoyle was arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (December 6). One citizen spoke during the public comment period to thank Council for recognizing Human Rights Day and the Bill of Rights Day. Another citizen spoke to recognize and remember Mr. Billy Sudderth, who recently passed away. Mr. Sudderth was very involved in community activities and projects.
Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were approved unanimously. The items approved on second reading included the acceptance of a pair of measures involving temporary construction and permanent easement. In addition, Council accepted a bid and awarded a contract to Hickory Sand Company for sanitary sewer improvements for the Central Business District Rehabilitation Project.
City planner Cal Overby presented a voluntary contiguous annexation request for 3810 16th St NE. The annexation was approved unanimously.