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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:24

Hickory Man Charged with Possession of Meth

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27-year-old Hank Elliott Hefner of George Henry Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 4 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

He was taken into custody at the CommunityOne bank on Highway 127 South and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Hickory.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:57

Former Vietman POW to Speak Tomorrow at LRU

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Tomorrow (April 23), Colonel Lee Ellis will address students and the public at Lenoir-Rhyne University in the McCrorie Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Col. Ellis is an Atlanta-based leadership consultant who was a POW in Vietnam for over five years.

Col. Ellis was imprisoned along with the late Admiral Jeremiah Denton and Senator John McCain. He recently returned to Vietnam to tour the site of his imprisonment, the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.”

Col. Ellis speaks to Fortune 500 companies, academic, non-profit and other organizations. He has appeared on numerous broadcast, cable and talk radio programs nationwide. He is the author of the award winning book, “Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.”

For more information, visit www.LeeEllis.us.

18-year-old Meguel Greylen Robinson of 1st Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 yesterday morning (April 21) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

Events leading to Robinson’s arrest began at 6:19 last Friday morning (April 18) when Hickory Police responded to B&E call at a residence on 10th Street S.W. Officers went behind the mobile home and saw two black males who got into a white SUV and fled the scene. At the end of a brief chase, the men jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. They were not located.

Officers returned to the residence and conferred with a neighbor who made the original report. Officers also learned that the white SUV was registered to 52-year-old George Mitchell Rhinehardt of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. At about 8:40 that same morning, Rhinehardt reported that the SUV had been stolen.

As the result of their investigation, Police determined that Rhinehardt’s vehicle was not stolen. Rather, he had loaned his vehicle to the men involved in the B&E. The B&E suspects were identified and Rhinehardt was charged with misdemeanor filing a false report to a police station.

Robinson was arrested without incident at his residence. The second B&E suspect remains at large. Robinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Robinson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton. Rhinehardt was given a $500 secured bond with a June 4 court date in Hickory.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:53

Nebo Man Charged with Felony B&E; Larceny

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51-year-old James Donald Jones, Jr. of Sherwood Forest Drive in Nebo has been charged by McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Stuteville with one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

On March 25, a Nebo resident reported that someone entered his residence and stole a shotgun and a computer. The stolen items were valued at $300. An investigation led to Jones, who lives near the victim. The gun and the computer were recovered.

Jones was given a $1,500 secured bond.  He will appear in a McDowell County courtroom on May 14.


Kevin Mitchell Abrams and Edward Earl Abrams have been identified as the subjects suspected of robbing the Community One Bank on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory on April 16.

The two men are currently in the custody of the Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Office in Georgia on charges of armed robbery, possession of firearm by a felon and kidnapping. Those charges are unrelated to the bank robbery investigation in Hickory

Hickory Police worked with Investigators from the Coweta County and the Columbia County sheriff’s offices in Georgia to link the two men to the robbery in Hickory. In connection to that crime, warrants for common law robbery have been issued on both subjects.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:45

Traffic Shifts Planned on US 70 SW in Hickory

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Beginning Monday, April 28, new traffic patterns will be in place along U.S. 70 in Hickory as crews continue to replace a bridge over 33rd Street S.W. Traffic along U.S. 70 near the bridge will be shifted to either the eastbound or westbound lanes for roughly 60 days to allow crews to remove parts of the old bridge and install the new bridge's structure.

The temporary traffic shifts will begin Monday when all traffic will be moved to the eastbound lanes. Weather permitting, the shift will last about seven days as crews begin structural steel erection for the new bridge.

Beginning Friday, May 2, traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes as crews continue their work on the opposite side of the bridge. That traffic shift is expected to remain in place for about 12 days.

Beginning Thursday, May 15, traffic will be shifted back to the eastbound lanes of U.S. 70 as crews install the bridge overhang, work on the bridge deck and repair pavement along U.S. 70. That process should take about 40 days.

Beginning Monday, June 23, traffic will again be shifted to the westbound lane of U.S. 70 as crews remove the remaining bridge overhang. That work will be completed in about five days.

All start dates for traffic shifts are approximate and dependent on weather.

The $1.4 million bridge replacement project started in January and is on schedule to be completed in July. Once completed, the new bridge will be wider and longer than the previous structure and won't have a posted weight limit. The new bridge will also include a 5’5” sidewalk, making it more pedestrian-friendly.

58-year-old Sanford Gary Clark of Carlton Mobile Home Park Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 20) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. He has been confined in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $75,000, secured. Clark was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

29-year-old Jason Eugene Williams of Moravian Falls Road in Wilkesboro was arrested by Granite Falls Police Saturday (April 19) on charges of possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor larceny.

Williams also faces multiple felony charges in Wilkes County for breaking & entering a place of worship, larceny and habitual breaking & entering. He has also been charged as an habitual felony.

Williams was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Wilkes County Superior Court on May 19 and in a Lenoir courtroom on June 12.

27-year-old Robert Joseph Upton IV of Vernon, Connecticut was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (April 19) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a fight at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. Officers met the victim, a 28-year-old man from Maynardville, Tennessee, in the hotel lobby. He had a puncture wound on the lower left side of his back and a laceration on the right side of his back.

According to Police, and argument escalated into a physical altercation, resulting in the victim’s injuries, which were allegedly inflicted by Upton. The reason for the argument is unknown.

There is no update on the victim’s condition.

Upton was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 21) in Newton.

43-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Morganton was arrested Thursday (April 17) by Officers with the Morganton Dept. of Public Safety on charges of felony speeding to elude arrest, felony possession with intent to sell & deliver crack cocaine, speeding (90 MPH in a 25 MPH zone), careless & reckless driving and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

He was arrested after a short vehicle chase just before 8:15 Thursday evening. K-9 Officer Stacey Huffman saw a silver Jaguar with no insurance. The registered owner had an active warrant for non-payment of child support.  

When Officer Huffman attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled down Morehead Street, reaching speeds of 90 MPH. The suspect, Charles O’Neil, turned onto Bouchelle Street and then onto Roper Street before fleeing on foot on Faet Street.

Numerous Officers immediately surrounded the area where O’Neil fled. O’Neil laid down in the heavily wooded area, but was quickly tracked by Officer Huffman’s K-9 partner, Shrek.

Along the path where O’Neil ran, Officers found his hat, sunglasses and several rocks of crack cocaine wrapped in a cellophane package. O’Neil also had $727 in cash on his person at the time of his arrest. The cash and crack cocaine were seized. The vehicle O’Neil was operating, a 2004 Jaguar XJRS, was also seized under the state’s “Run & You’re Done” law.

O’Neil was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond, plus a $925.16 cash bond for child support. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Burke County District Court Monday, April 21st.