47-year-old Everett Lucius Durham III of 42nd Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 28) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony stalking. In addition, Durham is charged with two misdemeanor counts of cyberstalking, and single misdemeanor counts of domestic violence protective order violation, stalking, and second degree trespassing.
According to a news release, Durham was initially arrested last Wednesday (January 24) for allegedly stalking the victim at her residence, following the victim out of town, and being at her residence after being warned to stay away. The suspect had reportedly been stalking the victim since late December of last year. The victim was referred to the magistrates office and a warrant for arrest was issued against Durham.
As a precaution, Morganton Public Safety Officers checked the victim’s vehicle for possible signs of tampering. Officers found a sophisticated GPS tracking unit concealed inside the vehicle. The tracking unit was seized as evidence along with other surveillance items found outside of the victim’s house. When Durham was arrested on January 24, as part of his release on a $1,000 secured bond, he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
On Sunday, the victim was shopping at a local grocery store and another customer informed her that a man was seen on the ground underneath the victim’s vehicle and was tampering with something. The victim contacted Public Safety to report the incident. Witnesses provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle. The suspect and vehicle description matched Durham. Officers checked under the victim’s vehicle and found a GPS tracker attached near the exhaust pipe.
As officers were gathering information, the victim observed the suspect’s vehicle drive by. Public Safety conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Everette Durham. Durham was arrested and transported to the magistrates office. Bond was set at $400,000 secured, Durham is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. He's scheduled to appear in District Court February 19 and February 20.
28-year-old Carrie Marie Adkins of SW Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 30). She was brought in by a bondsman and charged with two felony counts of forgery of an instrument. Adkins was released on $2,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in Superior Court March 5.
At approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday (January 30), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 445 11th Ave NE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
Upon arrival at 6:03, firefighters reported heavy amounts of smoke coming from the apartment. After ensuring that the occupants were safe outside the apartment, firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and reported it controlled at 6:09 p.m.
No injuries were reported and fire damages were confined to the kitchen. Smoke damages occurred throughout the rest of the apartment. The Red Cross responded to the incident and will be assisting the occupants. Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by unattended cooking.
38-year-old Erin Olivia Shell of Skyline Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV and VI controlled substance, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Shell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $42,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (February 1) and next Monday (February 5).
24-year-old Preston De Andre Miles of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (January 29) on one felony count each of counterfeiting and obtaining property by false pretense.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident on October 30 of last year. Hickory Police responded to a report of counterfeit currency at the McDonald’s restaurant on North Center Street. The suspect ordered food at the drive-thru window and then passed the counterfeit bill to purchase the food order. The suspect was identified and warrants were obtained for Miles’ arrest.
Miles was taken into custody at 11:43 p.m. yesterday on the 1,100 block of Highway 127 South in Hickory. He was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
27-year-old Janae Eugenia Clemmons of 11th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 yesterday morning (January 29) on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, plus one misdemeanor count of simple assault and three misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official.
Her arrest comes in connection to an incident last Thursday (January 25). An off-duty H.P.D. Officer working at Frye Regional Medical Center responded to an assault in the emergency room waiting area. As the suspect was detained, an Officer was also assaulted. Warrants were obtained and Clemmons was arrested yesterday without incident as she was released from the hospital.
She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $58,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
An investigation is being conducted into the discovery of marijuana in the home of a now-former employee of the Hickory Police Department.
According to a news release from the Hickory Police Department, on Monday (January 29), the Hickory Police Department was notified by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office of an investigation occurring in Catawba County. Information was relayed that during the investigation a large amount of marijuana was located in a residence and one subject had been arrested.
Additionally, Hickory Police were informed that a civilian employee of the Hickory Police Department was found to be living at the residence but was not facing charges at this time. The individual is no longer employed by the Hickory Police Department and per departmental policy an internal investigation is being conducted.
36-year-old Jamie Todd Miller of Fred Bentley Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (January 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of auto larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering to an automobile, and speeding to elude arrest. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 30).
34-year-old Blong Ly Vang of Belvedere Drive in Claremont was arrested Monday (January 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force arrested Vang after searcing a residence at 4676 Belvedere Drive in Claremont. Investigators got a search warrant, and found approximately 65 pounds of marijuana along with a hand gun reported stolen from Georgia. Digital scales, a vacuum sealer, and another weapon were also found during the search. The minimum street value of the marijuana is $130,000.
Vang was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 30).
49-year-old Melea Melissa Walker of Midway Sand Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (January 29) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Kentucky. Walker is charged with bail jumping in that state. Following her arrest, Walker was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 1) in Lenoir.
41-year-old Jeremy Daniel Dishner of Taylorsville was arrested last Monday, January 22, by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to report an address change as a sex offender. Dishner was placed in jail following the arrest under $1,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday (January 29), Dishner's next District Court date is next Monday (February 5).
33-year-old Kelly Renee Collins of Taylorsville was arrested last Monday, January 22, by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Bond for Collins was set at $5,000 secured. She was scheduled to make her first court appearance yesterday (January 29), her next District Court date is February 19.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man who walked away from the Boger City Rest Home on Little Valley Trail in Lincolnton on January 22.
A Silver Alert was issued for 53-year-old Richard Keith Perdue who was last seen leaving through a side door at the Boger City Rest Home, at approximately 8:30 p.m. last Monday. He is a white male with black hair and blue eyes, stands 5’5” and weighs 135 lbs. He was last seen wearing a royal blue hoodie and black sweat pants. Perdue suffers from autism and other cognitive disorders.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Land Search Team will return to the area around the rest home to conduct another foot search for Mr. Perdue. The Land Search Team will be in the area between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Wednesday (January 31).
Anyone with information about Perdue's whereabouts is asked the contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
54-year-old James Bryan Saunders of Oak Hill School Road in Lenoir and 30-year-old Jesse James Ralph Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir were arrested Sunday (January 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methampetamine. Both suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. They had first court appearances scheduled Monday (January 29), the next District Court date for both men is February 19.