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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:55

Most Wanted Suspect Arrested In Burke County

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A suspect who had been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list has been apprehended. 24-year-old Skyler Allen Jones of Rutherford College Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (August 29) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Jones had been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list for two weeks.

He's the fourth person on the list to be arrested in just over two weeks. Earlier in August three suspects who were being sought by authorities in Burke County were arrested by various agencies. You can see the entire most wanted list along with photos at

Following Jones' arrest, he was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 30).

30-year-old Anthony Jackson Lewis of Mull Road in Vale was arrested Monday (August 28) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged on outstanding warrants with felony counts of breaking and entering to buildings, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Lewis was charged with misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, failure to heed light or siren, and driving during revocation in connection with events surrounding the attempt to apprehend the suspect.

On Monday a Burke County deputy observed a motorcycle with no headlight on traveling on Old Highway 10 near Icard Dairy Barn Road. The deputy stopped, activated his blue lights and the white male pulled up beside the deputy not wearing a helmet. The rider started to pull away from the deputy as he was told to stop; however, the rider turned onto Icard Dairy Barn Road and continued on. The deputy gave chase with both his blue lights and siren as the suspect accelerated. The suspect wrecked the motorcycle a short distance away from the initial stop and ran away on foot. The deputy gave chase on foot and caught up with him in Country Squire mobile home park. The suspect refused to obey the deputy’s commands and was attempting to pull away from the officer. The suspect was taken to the ground, handcuffed and identified as Anthony Jackson Lewis.

The suspect was bleeding and told the officer he had been bitten by a dog at the location that he had wrecked his motorcycle. An ambulance was dispatched and the suspect was transported to Valdese Hospital where he was treated for the dog bite and released. According to a news release, Lewis told the deputy that he fled because of pending warrants. He was taken before the magistrate where the pending warrants, as well as the new charges, were filed. Lewis was incarcerated at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under $22,000 secured bond. Lewis was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (August 29), his next District Court date is November 13. The motorcycle was seized and stored.     

A special meeting of the Hickory City Council will be held Thursday (August 31) at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory. The purpose of the Special Meeting is for a Presentation of the Hickory Public Housing Authority’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Conversion Program.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:11

Homeless Hickory Man Charged with Vehicle Theft

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33-year-old Javariss O’Brien Robinson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 Saturday afternoon (August 26) on one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle.

Events leading to his arrest began Saturday when Police responded to a stolen vehicle call.  The vehicle was stolen from a parking lot on 2nd Street S.E.  The vehicle was located and towed in Long View.  The driver, Javariss O’Brien Robinson, was passed out behind the wheel.

Robinson was processed and released under a $950 unsecured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (August 28) in Newton.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:10

Hickory Woman Jailed On Long View Drug Charges

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23-year-old Meleea Danielle Whittington of 17th Avenue Court NW in Hickory was arrested this morning (August 29) by Hickory Police Officers on warrants from the Long View Police Department. Whittington is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.

Whittington was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. today without incident at an address on 13th Avenue Drive NW in Hickory. Following the arrest, she was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Friday (September 1).

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:57

Drug Charge Filed Against Newton Woman

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27-year-old Randi Dawn Jeune of Dale Street in Newton was arrested Monday (August 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

The suspect was initially arrested on June 24 after officers responded to a residence on 8th Street Drive SE for the removal of an individual. Police reports say that Jeune was located and .6 grams of meth were found in her possession.

Bond for Jeune was set at $1,500 secured. She was not listed as an inmate at the Catawba County Detention Facility as of earlier today (August 29). A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (September 1) in Newton.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:48

Fatal Accident Reported Saturday in N.E. Hickory

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One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Hickory. The incident occurred at 1:23 p.m. at 16th Street N.E. and Cloninger Mill Road N.E.

According to an eyewitness, a 2010 Toyota driven by a 16-year-old male from Hickory was traveling north on 16th Street N.E. when a 2016 Chevrolet driven by a 28-year-old woman from Hickory ran a red light as it traveled east on Cloninger Mill Road. The Toyota hit the Chevy in the passenger side, striking the front passenger door and front quarter panel. The eyewitness was stopped at the light on 16th Street N.E., waiting to turn left onto Cloninger Mill Road.

The driver of the Toyota said he slowed as he approached the intersection and proceeded through the intersection when the light turned green. The driver of the Chevrolet told Police she had the green light.

The Toyota was carrying one passenger, while three passengers were in the Chevy. The front passenger in the Chevrolet, 47-year-old Bobbie Jean Barnes Odom of Bethlehem, was airlifted from the scene by Med Center Air, which landed at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She died at the hospital.

Everyone involved was treated at the scene by Catawba County E.M.S. The individuals in the Toyota were not hospitalized. In addition to the deceased, the driver and two other passengers in the Chevy were taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center.

At this time, no charges have been filed.

Receiving for Ms. Odom will be held this Thursday (August 31) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. A celebration of life service will follow at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

33-year-old Derek Scott Frenceschini of 17th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and communicating threats.

Frenceschini's arrest is connected to an arrest we reported yesterday on WHKY. Karen Sue Hatten was arrested on drug charges after marijuana plants were found growing at the 17th Street SE residence. Frenceschini's warrant was issued following Hatten's arrest.

Frenceschini was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Friday (September 1) in Newton.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:47

Assault Charges Filed Against Claremont Man

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22-year-old Juan Antonio Santos of Rock Barn Road in Claremont was arrested Monday (August 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and assault and battery. Santos was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (September 1).

The Hickory Parks and Recreation Department seasonally changes the hours of operation for all City owned parks.  Effective this Friday, September 1, the new park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This coincides with all parks closing a half hour after sundown. City officials ask you to please plan your outings accordingly.

The new hours in place starting Friday applies to the following parks: Civitan Park at 460 17th Avenue, NE, Cliff Teague Park at 1125 2nd Street, SE, Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park at 2000 6th Street, NW, Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park at 5655 Sweet Bay Lane, Hickory Optimist Park at 751 2nd Street Drive, NW, Jaycee Park at 1515 12th Street Drive, NW, Geitner – Rotary Park at 2035 12th Street Drive, NW, Kiwanis Park at 805 6th Street, SE, Southside Heights Park at 1400 2nd Street, SW, Stanford Park at 1451 8TH Street Drive, NE, Taft Broome Park at 735 3rd Street, SW, West Hickory Park at 830 16th Street, SW and Winkler Park at 2500 Clement Blvd, NW.

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