36-year-old Lorenda Ann Malava of Briardale Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (December 8) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was also charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Officers saw a suspicious subject on Valley Hills Mall property after hours. The subject was identified as Lorenda Ann Malava. She was served with the outstanding fugitive warrant. During the arrest, Officers found 0.6 grams of methamphetamine, 2.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Malava was taken into custody without incident just before 2 a.m. Saturday. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she was given a $15,000 secured bond on the fugitive warrant, plus a $7,500 secured bond on the drug charges. A District Court appearance that had been set for today (December 10) will be rescheduled.
23-year-old Chelsey Leigh Adams of Frank Townsend Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (December 7) on a bill of indictment for felony counts of financial credit card theft and financial credit card fraud. Adams was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where she was given a custody release. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for January 14 in Lenoir.
45-year-old Bardy Franklin Price of Connelly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police Friday (December 7) on one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine and larceny. Price was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. He was then given a custody release. A District Court appearance that had been set for today (December 10) will be rescheduled.
67-year-old Leverne Williams, with no listed address, has been arrested by Hickory Police on four counts of failure to appear. Williams reportedly failed to appear in court as an habitual felon and for habitual larceny, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a place for a controlled substance and second-degree trespass. He was also arrested on a surrender of surety for possession with intent to sell or deliver deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Williams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility Saturday with bond set at $16,500, secured. He'll appear in District Court on December 18 and January 9, with a Superior Court date coming up on January 22, all in Newton.
24-year-old Evangeline Nicole Lee of 6th Street S.W. in Conover has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of assault on a government official or employee, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Lee was jailed Saturday (December 8) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. She was held under a $4,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for January 7 in Newton.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the suspect in the theft of a package. On December 4, a homeowner said a package that had been delivered to their residence and left by the front door was stolen. The victim obtained images from their home security system.
On the video, a Ford Explorer is seen backing into the driveway. A woman exited the vehicle, carrying a red box. The suspect swapped the red empty box for the package that was delivered to the residence earlier in the day.
The suspect is a white female with long blonde hair. She was wearing a red flannel shirt and a black beanie. The suspect vehicle is a gray, early 90’s model four-door Ford Explorer.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call Inv. Taylor Stout at 828-466-7229.
Hickory Public Library, both the Patrick Beaver Memorial main facility and Ridgeview Branch, are closed today (December 10) due to inclement weather. Due dates for library materials will be extended, so patrons do not need to worry about overdue fees for items due back on December 10.
Check www.hickorync.gov and City of Hickory social media for additional updates. Follow the City of Hickory on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofhickory and on Twitter at @CityofHickory.
31-year-old David Ryan Uhl of Teague Town Road in Taylorsville was arrested Saturday (December 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Uhl was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond pending a court appearance.
48-year-old Donald Leslie Richardson, Jr. of Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Richardson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond pending a first court appearance.
28-year-old Meghan Brook Penninger of Great Wagon Road in Charlotte was arrested Saturday (December 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, and one count of possession of stolen goods. Penninger was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court January 14.
26-year-old Timothy Dwayne Self of Ritchie Road in Lincolnton was arrested Friday (December 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony statutory rape of a child.
On November 30, 2018, Detective Kelsey Harrington began an investigation after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information that the suspect, who is a registered sex offender, had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old female who is an acquaintance of the suspect.
The victim was interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the victim disclosed separate incidents where she was sexually assaulted by the suspect, Timothy Dwayne Self. The incidents occurred between November 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.
Detectives interviewed Self at his residence Friday and he was arrested and charged with the statutory rape count. Self was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. Self was placed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry after being convicted in Catawba County in June of 2014 for taking indecent liberties with a minor.
As a result of the winter storm that struck the Greater Hickory Metro over the weekend, there have been numerous schedule changes in addition to all area school systems closing. The following changes are in effect for today (Monday, December 10). The storm resulted in 5-15 inches of snow across the region, with some of the higher elevations reporting more. There were some power outages in the region and crews were in the process of restoring service to those who lost electricity.
The City of Hickory Solid Waste Division will not be collecting garbage, recycling, or yard waste due to the inclement weather. Customers with a Monday service day are asked to place rollouts to the curb this evening, and leave them there until they can be serviced. All other service days, please place your rollouts to the curb as you would normally, and leave them there until they can be serviced.
Recycling and commercial accounts will be collected as weather and road conditions permit. Yard waste and leaf pickup will be suspended for the rest of the week and will resume normally on Monday, December 17. As the day progresses, further decisions will be made about any other schedule changes.
All Catawba County government offices and facilities will be closed today. County management is monitoring the situation with local emergency officials and will reopen facilities as conditions allow. The Subcommittee meetings of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners scheduled for today have been cancelled.
Catawba County Seniors Morning Out and Meals on Wheels will not operate today due to inclement weather. All Catawba County government offices and facilities will be closed. County management is monitoring the situation with local emergency officials and will reopen facilities as conditions allow. In addition, the Catawba County Board of Health meeting initially scheduled for today has been cancelled.
Caldwell County Government Offices will be closed today. Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed and sanitation will not collect garbage today. Monday's route will be collected Wednesday (December 12).
In Morganton, garbage will not be collected today. Collection will be on a one day delay all week. If your driveway is not clear on your day of pickup, please bring your bin to the street.
The following Hickory Metro Area schools are closed Monday, December 10, due to this weekend's winter storm:
Hickory Public Schools closed for students and staff
Catawba County Schools closed for students, staff, and the Quest Program
Newton-Conover City Schools will be closed for students and staff, Thursday 12/20 will now be a student day
Alexander County Schools closed for students and staff
Burke County Schools closed for students and staff
Caldwell County Schools closed for students and staff
Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory and Asheville campuses closed Monday and all face-to-face exams scheduled for Monday will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11. Monday's online exams will occur as scheduled.
Catawba Valley Community College is closed Monday
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute Caldwell and Watauga campuses, no day or evening classes Monday
Western Piedmont Community College, no day or evening classes, closed for students and employees Monday
Several inches of snow had fallen in the Greater Hickory Metro as of this morning (Sunday, December 9). A winter storm warning remained in effect as of this morning until 12 noon Monday. Several churches in the Hickory Metro cancelled morning services due to deteriorating road conditions. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Saturday (December 8) urged residents to quickly finish their storm preparations, be ready for power outages and plan to stay off the roads once conditions worsen. The forecast is calling for approximately 10 inches in Hickory with more expected in other areas.
Whky.com will have updates as they become necessary, and if there are any school closings Monday (December 10), we will have them posted here.