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The City of Hickory and the community will be remembering 9/11 at a Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday (September 11), under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory at 4 p.m. WHKY 1290 AM First Talk program host, Hal Row, will emcee the ceremony, as he has in past years, and there will be two guest speakers; Fire Captain James Patrick Auton of the Hickory Fire Department, and Master Police Officer John R Wienbrock, of the Hickory Police Department.

Auton has been with the Hickory Fire Department since 1991, and has had a military career with both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard and is currently a member of the North Carolina Air National Guard and serves with the civil engineer squadron in Fire Protection and Emergency Services. Auton has served four tours of duty, including deployments for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and most recently supported air operations for Operation Freedom Sentinal against ISIS targets in the Middle East. Auton is decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, among numerous other medals and badges.
Wienbrock has been with the Hickory Police Department since 2008, and has had a military career with the United States Marine Corps and the North Carolina Army National Guard. He spent a deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 113th Sustainment Brigade. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals and numerous other medals and badges.

Additional ceremony participants include Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli, Rev. Antonio Logan, Pastor Andrew Weisner, Hickory High School Band and Junior ROTC Cadets, as well as members of the Hickory Fire and Police Honor Guards and staff.

32-year-old David Alan Hopkins of Barrett Baxter Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with five counts of felony probation violation. Hopkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 12).

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:42

Meth Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

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39-year-old Chad Allen Hames of Allendale Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Hames was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday.

38-year-old James Douglas Whitener of Liberty Trail in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Whitener is also charged with being an habitual felon. Following the arrest, Whitener was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, September 9).

Friday, 09 September 2016 05:11

Man Charged With Shooting At Vehicle

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28-year-old Bradley Jerrell Dorsey of Whitley Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of discharge a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon.

On Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., Public Safety Officers responded to the area of Kirk Street in response to a report of shots being fired. While searching the area, officers were notified of a fight in progress at the Jet Express Convenience Store at 408 Vine Arden Road. When officers arrived, Bradley Jerrell Dorsey and Charles Young were involved in a physical altercation.  Young claimed Dorsey had shot into his vehicle while on Kirk Street.

Young reported he was sitting in his vehicle when Dorsey exited the residence at 107 Kirk Street and fired two shots into the drivers side door. Young and Dorsey had been in an argument minutes before the shooting occurred. Further inspection of the vehicle found two bullet holes in the drivers side door. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting.

Dorsey was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first District Court appearance yesterday (Thursday, September 8).

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Iredell County,54-year-old William Bruce Stewart.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for William Bruce Stewart, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Stewart is a white male, 5'9", 160 pounds with black and grey medium length hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green camo hat, dark colored t-shirt, pants, white socks and brown cowboy boots. He was last seen at a location on Cranfill Road in Harmony.

Anyone with information about William Bruce Stewart should call 704-878-3100 at the Iredell Co Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3100.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:31

Maiden Man Indicted on Firearms Charges

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48-year-old Steven Louis Russo of South Main Avenue in Maiden was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday (September 7) on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

He was initially arrested on the same charges on July 12 of this year after Police were dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. where a white male was allegedly attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Louis Russo, on South Center Street. They found the weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, in his bag. The gun had been reported stolen from Hickory.

Russo was taken into custody without incident yesterday near Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

19-year-old Elijah Paul Fowler of Huntington Hills Drive and 17-year-old Jacob Lee Griffey of River Road, both from Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Fowler is charged with two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, seven felony counts of receiving stolen property, and nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of preparing to break and enter a Vehicle and eight misdemeanor counts of larceny. Griffey was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.

The arrests are in connection with vehicle thefts from a residence on Riverview Road and vehicle break-ins in a nearby area. The incidents occurred during the month of August in the area of Riverview Road, Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.  

On August 25, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Riverview Road in connection with the theft of a 2015 Nissan Altima where the doors had been left unlocked and keys left in the vehicle. A Chevrolet pick-up was parked beside where the stolen vehicle was located. It had been rummaged through but nothing reportedly taken. The Nissan Altima was found damaged and abandoned the same day as the theft in the driveway of a residence on Windy Knob Trail. The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot.

On August 30, the owner of the Chevrolet pick-up reported it had been stolen from the Riverview Road residence. The truck was found wrecked in Catawba County on Finger Bridge Road. That vehicle was also towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot for processing. During the investigation Detective Matt Burgess found items in the vehicles that led to the suspects in the two vehicle theft cases as well as vehicle break-ins that had occurred on Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.

On Wednesday, Detectives Burgess and D.S. Snellings went to a residence on Jarrett Road in Catawba County looking for the suspects.  After about an hour of knocking on the door and identifying themselves as officers one of the suspects came to the door. They were arrested without incident. Fowler was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $72,500 secured bond. Griffey was placed in jail under a $12,000 secured bond.  

The investigation is continuing.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:34

Hickory Man Faces Felony Charge after Police Pursuit

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24-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (September 7) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

Events leading to Church’s arrest began at about 3:25 a.m. yesterday as Officers conducting a property check at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a Dodge Dakota truck making evasive maneuvers to avoid contact with Police. They followed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the truck failed to yield.

The truck did not stop. Officers pursued the vehicle on Highway 127 South, Mountain Grove Road, Old Shelby Road and Bakers Mountain Road. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit.

The Dodge ran into in the back yard of a residence where it hit some cinder blocks and continued about another 150 yards to the edge of a wooded area. At that point, the driver, William Charles Church, Jr., exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

Warrants for Church’s arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident at an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

30-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of South “B” Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:50 this morning (September 8) on failure to appear warrants out of Alexander, Burke and Lincoln counties. She faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked (two counts), speeding and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration.

She was taken into custody at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Metcalf was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. She has court dates at various locations coming up on September 12, 13, 19, 20 & 22; on October 11, 14 & 24; and on January 13 of next year.

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