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29-year-old Thatcher Lynn Wilson of Black Oak Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6:30 last night (January 12) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on November 18 of last year. At that time, Officers responded to a fight at an address on 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory. As they arrived, Officers saw a white 2006 Mercedes fleeing the scene on 1st Avenue N.W. at 2nd Street N.W. Police attempted to stop the Mercedes at 2nd Street N.W. and 2nd Avenue N.W., but the vehicle accelerated and pulled away. The chase was terminated.

Officers recognized the driver as Thatcher Lynn Wilson as he initially pulled away from the scene of the fight. A warrant for his arrest was issued. He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a convenience store on North Center Street in Hickory.

Wilson was processed and released nearly three hours later under an $8,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

32-year-old Clarence O'Brien Heller of Eastover Drive in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (January 10) By Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with interference with an electronic monitoring device. Heller is also charged on an outstanding warrant for child support and additional warrants from Probation and Parole.

On Friday, December 2, 2016, Iredell County Probation/Parole went to 501 Russell Street Apartment 2 in Statesville to serve a parole warrant on Clarence O’Brien Heller. While attempting to serve Heller with the parole warrant he ran out the front door of the apartment and ran into nearby woods.  The electronic monitoring bracelet was pinged to determine its location and was located in a trash can next to where Heller ran into the woods. A warrant was then secured on Heller for Interference with an Electric Monitoring Device.

Heller is currently on post release supervision from serving time for a possession of schedule II controlled substance conviction. Bond for Heller on the interference charge was set at $3,500 secured. He's being held at the Iredell County Jail under a total bond amount of $121,283. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 31.

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Cubbard Express store on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont.

The incident occurred between 11:15 and 11:20 last night (January 12) when two black males entered the store. The men demanded money, and at least one handgun was displayed. The suspects kept their faces covered during the robbery.

They took tobacco products valued at $31 and an undisclosed sum of cash. The suspects left the store through a side entrance. It’s not known if they fled on foot or in a vehicle.

No one was injured. No further description of the suspects is available.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

44-year-old Mark Anthony Russell of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 Thursday (January 12) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of obtaining advances under promise to work.

He was arrested after Police responded on December 29 to a residence on 10th Street Boulevard N.W. in Hickory where a victim told Officers that he had hired Russell to make some renovations to his residence. According to the victim, the work was scheduled to begin in late October, to be completed by early December.

Some of the work was done; however, the renovations were to include the installation of an air-conditioning unit. The victim paid for the unit, but – according to a Police spokesperson – the unit was never purchased by the suspect.

A warrant for Russell’s arrest was issued on December 29. He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at Startown Road and Highway 321 in Newton. Russell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

46-year-old Donald Eugene Blankenship of Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child and two counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  

On Wednesday (January 11) the Newton Police Department, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hickory Police Department, executed a search warrant at 625 East 11th Street in Newton, the home of Donald Eugene Blankenship.  The search warrant was executed as a result of an investigation and the arrest of 33-year-old David Lee Perkins, formerly of Newton, in December of 2016. Perkins was arrested in Joplin, Missouri and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor for crimes that occurred in that jurisdiction.

During the investigation in Missouri, it was discovered that Perkins was also possibly involved in the same type of activity at the East 11th Street home of Blankenship. Perkins owns that home. Officers searched the residence and seized evidence related to the crimes of indecent liberties with a child, and sexual exploitation of a minor in which they allege Blankenship was involved.

Blankenship was arrested and charged, the case is currently still under investigation with additional charges pending.

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:52

Vehicle Break-in Charges Filed Against Newton Man

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25-year-old Cory Austin Barrett of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested today (Friday, January 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, and reckless driving. Barrett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court February 6.


The City of Hickory will close its offices on Monday (January 16) in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, but garbage and recycling pick-up will continue.

The City of Hickory offices will re-open on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:30 a.m. The Hickory Public Library, the Patrick Beaver Memorial main facility and the Ridgeview Branch, will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday.  The library will reopen at its regular hours on Tuesday. The administrative offices, all recreation centers, and the skate park will be closed on Monday. City parks are open 365 days a year.

In honor of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration Monday at 10 a.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium. This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.  Dr. Hendricks is the author of the bestselling book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted.

Immediately following the presentation, attendees are invited to participate in the annual NAACP March sponsored by the Hickory Branch of the NAACP. The march will begin at 11 a.m. in front of P.E. Monroe Auditorium and extend approximately two miles to the Ridgeview Recreation Center. The event will conclude with entertainment and light refreshments at the recreation center.
All events are free and open to the public.

25-year-old Jonathan Wayne Shawver was arrested this morning (Friday, January 13) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Shawver was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Friday (January 20).

52-year-old Robert Junior Fox was arrested Thursday (January 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Fox was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 13).

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has released an update on a homicide investigation in Statesville. On Tuesday (January 10) the body of 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose was found inside a residence at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville. Sheriff Darren E. Campbell announced Thursday (January 11) that he received confirmation that the cause of death was due to a gun shot.

The investigation is continuing into this case, Detectives are attempting to identify a man seen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on foot in the area. He is described as a white male, about 5’10 tall, between 25 and 35 years of age.  He was wearing light brown Carhartt-style overalls with a dark colored backpack.  The man was last seen on a side road off of Shiloh Road.

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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