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The Hickory Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting and they are asking for the public's help in an effort to find the suspect.

On Saturday (June 6) at approximately 2:03 a.m. Hickory Police Officers were called to the 800 block of 2nd St SE, in reference to a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found a large crowd of people in the roadway. Officers also found 23-year-old Octavis Sentex Geter of Hickory lying in the roadway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Geter was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.  

“Investigators have spoken to several people and continue to follow any leads that are gathered during this investigation” said Chief of Police Tom Adkins. “HPD needs the help of our community to bring the individual responsible to justice for this tragedy. Our investigators have determined this incident is not related to the homicide that took place on June 1, 2015.”    

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has further information is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 328-5551.

Today (June 5), 23-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis, who is accused of first-degree murder, made a first appearance in District Court before Judge Amy Walker. He was not given a bond. His next court appearance for probable cause is scheduled for June 19.

Davis turned himself in early Thursday morning at the Hickory Police Department. He had been released from jail in Iredell County on May 23 after making bond on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Davis is charged with first-degree murder in the June 1 shooting death of 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison. He faces additional charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. He also faces charges for common law robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon in Catawba County.

Davis served consecutive 25-month sentences in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections for felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery in Catawba County following an April 2009 conviction. He was released in December of 2013.

Friday, 05 June 2015 14:04

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Drug Charge

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56-year-old Yvonne Rosette Hedrick of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2:30 a.m. yesterday (on a warrant from February 17 of this year for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. The complainant was listed on Police Reports as the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.

She was taken into custody without incident at her residence. Following her arrest, Hedrick was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Friday, 05 June 2015 13:31

Hickory Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

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42-year-old Roy John Bolick IV of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 5) on warrants issued on January 25 by the Claremont Police Department. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Bolick was taken into custody without incident at the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

43-year-old Joseph Berry Zenoski of Arden Gate Drive in Iron Station was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:45 yesterday afternoon (June 4) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

He was arrested after a customer waiting for service at Discount Tire on Highway 70 S.E. saw a man get into his unlocked vehicle where it was parked in the parking lot. The man, later identified as Joseph Zenoski, was still in the vehicle when Police arrived. According to Police, Zenoski appeared to be intoxicated.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Friday, 05 June 2015 10:55

Hickory Man Accused of Stealing Perfume

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44-year-old James Antonio Anthony of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 5) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.

Anthony was arrested after Officers responded to an alarm at the Pinecrest retirement community on 23rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory. Police arrived at about 1:30 a.m. where they found Anthony still in the residence. In his pockets were three bottles of perfume, valued at $100. Officers found a broken doorframe where Anthony entered the residence, which had last been reported secure at seven o’clock the previous evening.

Anthony was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Randy Shay Bruner of Riverview Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (June 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting delaying or obstructing a public officer, driving while license revoked and speeding more than 15 m.p.h. above the posted speed limit. He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation on a warrant dated May 1.

He was arrested after an Officer saw a 2001 Honda Civic traveling at a high rate of speed. The Officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle as it traveled along Highway 70 and eventually came to a stop at a dead end on 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory.

After a brief foot chase, Bruner was taken into custody in an area behind the Randy Marion auto dealership on Highway 70 S.W. 0.5 grams of a substance believed to be crystal meth and 0.3 grams of marijuana were found in close proximity to Bruner. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car.

Bruner was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

An undercover investigation in to the sale and distribution of powder cocaine in the Southern End of Iredell County has identified Al Tiran Ashford of 551 Blendwood Road in Charlotte as a suspect.

As a result of undercover purchases of cocaine totaling 38 grams worth $9500 which were made from the suspect by narcotics detectives, Ashford has been charged with the following crimes: Three Felony Counts of Trafficking Cocaine, One Felony Count of Sell and Deliver Cocaine, One Felony Count of Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine and One count of Resisting a Public Officer.

Al Tiran Ashford has extensive criminal history of violent crimes and weapons offenses. He is currently on Federal Probation.

If anyone has information of where Al Tiran Ashford can be located please call 911 or 704-878-3100, this individual should be considered armed and dangerous.

Friday, 05 June 2015 04:35

Meth Charges Filed Against Hickory Woman

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49-year-old Judy Curtis Greene of 54th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 4) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Greene was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $31,250 bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (Friday, June 5).

Unemployment rates dropped across the Greater Hickory Metro and across much of the state according to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the unemployment rates for April.

Catawba County’s jobless rate dipped to 5.2 percent from 5.3 percent in the last report. Alexander County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.7 percent in March. Burke County’s jobless percentage is at 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 in March. Caldwell County saw it’s unemployment rate fall to 5.9 percent, from 6.1 percent in the last report.

The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area also dropped in April. That rate is currently at 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in March. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth highest unemployment rate among 15 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the state.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent in the last report. Unemployment rates dropped in 89 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, increased in six, and remained unchanged in five. The state’s highest unemployment rate is in Graham County, where the jobless percentage is 12.8. Orange and Buncombe Counties are tied for the state’s lowest rate at 3.9 percent.