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38-year-old Jennifer Lee Cole and 34-year-old Josh Dene Cole, both of Rudisill Road in Newton, were arrested by Hickory Police yesterday afternoon (December 5). Jennifer Cole was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and Josh Cole was charged with aiding & abetting obtaining property by false pretenses. Both were charged with misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer saw Josh Cole select Cat & Jack toddler socks and a Minnie Mouse dress, valued at $20. He took the items from the store without paying.

A short time later, Jennifer Cole brought the items to customer service where she returned them in exchange for a gift card. The Coles then used the gift card to buy lunch at the Target café.

When H.P.D. arrived, they found the Coles and one other subject in a black Honda Accord in the parking lot, preparing to leave. The Coles were taken into custody without incident. The third subject was not charged.

The Coles were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $1,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

32-year-old Desta Theron Carson was arrested Monday (December 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery. Carson was placed in jail in Morganton where bond on the robbery charge and charges previously filed against him is set at $50,000 secured. A court date is set for next Monday (December 12).

50-year-old Tina Louise Swink was arrested Monday (December 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny. Swink was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (December 12).

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 06:12

Hickory City Council To Meet Tonight

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Hickory City Council meets in regular session tonight (Tuesday, December 6). Council will elect a Mayor Pro Tem for the calendar year 2017 and will also appoint a City Attorney.

Under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings, Hickory City Council will vote on the acceptance of a pair of items involving temporary construction and permanent easement. In addition, Council will vote on the acceptance of a bid and the awarding of a contract to Hickory Sand Company for sanitary sewer improvements for the Central Business District Rehabilitation Project. All of the items listed under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings were approved unanimously on first reading.

City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to hear comments on a proposed voluntary contiguous annexation of property on 16th Street NE. Under Departmental Reports, Council will hear the annual code enforcement update, and will also make appointments to boards and commissions.

Tonight's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.

55-year-old James Fredrick Whisnant was arrested Monday (December 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony exploitation of an elder or disabled adult. Whisnant was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 30.

A man was taken into custody for allegedly impersonating an officer. Last Friday (December 2) Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation regarding a suspect misrepresenting himself as a law enforcement officer. The reporting party told officers that earlier that day a man came to his residence identifying himself as a Detective. The suspect walked around a vehicle in the victim’s yard and informed the victim the vehicle was stolen property and he would be returning later to pick it up. The victim told officers the suspect was wearing a police style badge around his neck.

Burke Detectives developed as a suspect Harry “Jason” Gardner from Lenoir. Authorities in Burke County contacted the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department advising them of this incident. Last month Burke County Detectives had been working closely with Caldwell County Detectives on a string of vehicle thefts. One of the thefts was a 2006 red Dodge Dakota truck which had not yet been recovered.

On Monday (December 5) at the request of Burke County Detectives, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers found a red Dodge Dakota at Gardner's residence. They confirmed this truck was the same one that had been reported stolen last month. Gardner was taken into custody and at the time of his arrest was wearing a police style badge around his neck. Charges against Gardner are forthcoming.

31-year-old Joey Michael Curlee and 30-year-old Jessica Renee Anderson were both arrested Sunday (December 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Anderson was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  

On Sunday deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle on Seagrove Drive. Once deputies were on scene they discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen early that morning. While the area was being canvassed, an officer spotted a male and female matching the description of the suspects. Deputies detained the man and woman, and during a search, they found several items that had been reported stolen early that morning from the Bay Harbor area in Mooresville.

A wallet belonging to a resident of Mecklenburg County was also found, and a deputy contacted authorities there and confirmed that some of the items that were in Anderson’s possession was reported stolen from Mecklenburg County.

Curlee received a $40,000 bond. Anderson received a $16,000 bond. Both suspects were detained in the Iredell County Detention Center, they each have District Court dates December 21.

28-year-old Alan Wayne Yost was arrested Monday (December 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering, assault on a government official, larceny, and injury to personal property.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday, Deputies responded to a report of a breaking and entering in progress at 451 Cool Spring Road. Upon arrival, Deputies Summers, Jarvis and Talbert spotted Alan Wayne Yost attempting to leave the scene in a silver Ford Mustang. Deputies ordered Yost out of the vehicle but he refused to comply with commands.

Officers engaged in a brief struggle while attempting to apprehend Yost. According to a news release, during the struggle, Yost assaulted one of the deputies resulting in a significant injury to the deputy’s hand. Further investigation led to the discovery that the vehicle the suspect was operating was allegedly stolen by Yost earlier in the night from 256 Bostian Lake Road. The vehicle stereo system had been heavily damaged and removed.

Yost was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $15,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court December 21. The vehicle was returned the registered owner.

30-year-old Khalfani Sharron Coulter of Carpenter’s Cove Road in Claremont and 34-year-old Donte Rassan Gore of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 last night (December 4). They were each charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

They were arrested after Officers spoke to a female victim who lost her cell phone at Lowe’s Hardware. The suspects contacted the victim and attempted to sell the phone back to her. Police then tracked the phone to Digital Link on Fairgrove Church Road where they arrested both suspects. The phone was recovered.

Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $4,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

Monday, 05 December 2016 14:01

Homeless Hickory Man Busted for Crack Cocaine

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25-year-old Donshea Martel Smith, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police just before 3 p.m. Saturday (December 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 23 of this year when Police responded to the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. An anonymous caller reported the use of illegal narcotics in an apartment there. Officers found 0.7 grams of crack cocaine in the apartment.

Warrants for Smith’s arrest were issued last month. He was taken into custody without incident Saturday at the same apartment in Sunny Valley. Smith was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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