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Firefighters from the Hickory Fire Department responded to a blaze at a recycling facility Monday night (September 12).

Monday night after leaving another incident, Hickory Firefighters were on the way back to their station at 8:32 p.m. when they noticed a fire. They immediately responded to the area of 261 10th Street Place NW to discover a fire in a cardboard recycling facility. They requested additional firefighters to assist them and began working to extinguish the fire. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find burning bales of cardboard, which were inside the building. They established a water supply and began to extinguish the fire on the inside of the building. The fire was considered controlled at 9:02 p.m.  

Catawba County EMS was on the scene to provide medical rehab for the firefighters and Hickory Police Department assisted blocking the roadway. No injuries were reported and damage estimates are being compiled. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:48

Lincolnton P.D. Undercover Operation Nets Six Arrests

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Through Friday September 8, Lincolnton Police Detectives had arrested six offenders following a two-month-long undercover operation involving Undercover Detectives.

The Detectives portrayed children on various social media outlets.  Detectives developed dialogue in which agreements were made for offenders to meet in Lincolnton with what they believed to be children in order to have unlawful sexual relationships.  As the offenders arrived at the meeting places, they were arrested without incident.  

Detectives charged all the offenders with one count of soliciting a child for an unlawful sex act by computer and appearing to meet such child, along with other charges.

Those arrested are:

·    Robert Richard Quigg of Valdese, who is already a registered sex offender for molesting children.  He was given a $100,000 bond.

·    Loy Everette Huckle of Dallas, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor.  No bond was listed.

·    Devin Cole Mayberry of Statesville.  No bond was listed.

·    Timothy Harold Purkey of Newton.  He was given a $25,000 bond.

·    Michael Lee Williams of Polkton.  Bond was set at $25,000.

·    James Frederick Turner of Charlotte, who was also charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  No bond was listed.

All of the offenders were placed in the Lincoln County Jail.  The case is still active and additional charges are possible.

The lead Detective is Det. Brent Heavner with Lt. John Caudle, Lt. Jason Munday, Sgt. Dennis Harris, Det. Brandon Hunsucker and Det. Tony Potts assisting.  Anyone with information about the offenders or any other possible victims should contact Det. Heavner at 704-736-8900.

During the week of September 4, 42-year-old Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr. of Cherryville, 33-year-old Betsy Carpenter Fredell of Vale and 39-year-old James Steven Fredell of Vale were all sentenced to prison on multiple drug charges in Lincoln County Superior Court.  All three were arrested by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in 2016.  The Honorable Forrest Bridges handed out the sentences after all three entered guilty pleas.

In the Fredells’ case, Narcotics Detectives charged the pair for their involvement in selling a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills to an Undercover Detective.  In Ward’s case, Detectives arrested the individual during the execution of a search warrant.  The suspect, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm.  Detectives also seized over a half-ounce of methamphetamine.  

Ward was convicted on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell & deliver meth and possession of meth.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  Ward was given an active sentence of 103-to-136 months active in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

Betsy Fredell was convicted on three felony counts of trafficking in opiates, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with the intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  She was given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.

James Fredell was convicted on two felony counts of trafficking opiates.  He was also given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:19

Drug Charges Filed Following Traffic Stop

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29-year-old Brandon Jarrell Martin of Charlotte and 23-year-old Jamahl Tobias Jones of Chesapeake, Virginia, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Martin is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

On Sunday, members of the Iredell County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) were working in the area of West Memorial Highway in Union Grove when an Officer came into contact with several subjects in a passenger van. While speaking with the individuals, the Officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle. After further investigation, the vehicle was searched.

While searching the vehicle, Deputies located two handguns, marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia. A computer check later revealed that one of the handguns were stolen from Salisbury. The driver, 34-year-old Karlton Sha Caldwell of Charlotte was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, 28-year-old Mishon Lumpkin and 36-year-old Jason Callender, both of Charlotte, were each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Martin's bond was set at $8,000 secured, Jones' bond was set at $1,500 secured. Martin has a District Court date October 2. Jones will appear in District Court November 2.

25-year-old Johnathan Edward Hunnicutt of N.C. Highway 181 in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police just after 8 a.m. yesterday (September 11) on one felony count of failure to appear.  He failed to appear in court on one felony count of possession of methamphetmine.  The warrant for his arrest was issued on August 21 in Avery County.

Hunnicutt was taken into custody at a mobile home park on 27th Street N.E.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for September 18 in Avery County.

Sami Price Driggers, Jordan Tyler Melton, and Matthew Gray Ritchie were all arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Driggers and Melton were each charged with trafficking heroin and methamphetamine, felony maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, possession of Suboxone, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana wax, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Driggers was also charged on a warrant for failure to appear from Cabarrus County. Ritchie was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resist, obstruct, and delay a law enforcement officer. There are also outstanding warrants for Nigel Eugene Terry, charging him with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Terry has yet to be located.

On September 10 at 11:30 p.m., members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team and Narcotics Investigators went to 404 Hartness Road after receiving information on Jordan Tyler Melton, who was wanted in Mecklenburg County. In addition to information about Melton, Deputies also received reports of drug activity occurring at the residence.

When deputies arrived on the scene they encountered Matthew Ritchie who was walking out of a camper. When Ritchie saw deputies he tried to flee on foot but officers were able to apprehend him. They located over four grams of methamphetamine on him. Deputies searched the camper and found Melton along with Sami Price Driggers hiding inside. Deputies also found almost ten grams of black tar heroin, more than 30 grams of meth, marijuana, marijuana wax, Suboxone strips, and numerous items of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputies also found a pill container belonging to Nigel Terry containing black tar heroin but Terry had already left the residence. Driggers received a $198,000 secured bond. Melton's bond was set at $155,000 secured. Ritchie received a $10,000 secured bond. Melton was scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 12). Driggers and Ritchie are scheduled to appear in District Court October 2.

More information has been released in the arrest of 36-year-old Marcus Franklin Little of Spindle Drive in Maiden.  He was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (September 11) on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested as Hickory Police were patrolling the parking lot at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. after receiving complaints of illegal narcotics use in the area.  There, Officers encountered Marcus Franklin Little.  On his person and in his vehicle, Police found $1,201 in cash, 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, three Ecstasy tablets, six amphetamine pills, one Clonazepam pill, three morphine pills, 4.5 Subutex pills and drug paraphernalia.

Little was taken into custody without incident.  He was processed and later released under a $15,000 unsecured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

17-year-old Dylan Charles Gremore of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested last night (September 11) on charges from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Hickory Police.  He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger and hit & run (leaving the scene with property damage).

Events leading to Gremore’s arrest began at about two o’clock yesterday afternoon when Ronald’s Superette at 3440 Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory was robbed by an armed suspect.  The suspect entered the store, pointed a pistol at the clerk and demanded money.  He left the store in a small white vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white male, 5’10” to 6’0” tall with a thin build.  He was wearing a blue sweatshirt, black sweat pants and brown slippers.

On its Facebook page, the Sheriff’s Office posted a photo of the suspect taken from the store’s security camera.  A Hickory Police Officer contacted the Sheriff’s Office with the name of a possible suspect.  Another caller identified the same suspect.

At 8:45 p.m., Hickory Police were involved in a chase with a white 2000 Nissan Maxima.  The vehicle crashed and the driver escaped.  He was identified as Dylan Charles Gremore.  At about 10:30 p.m., Hickory Police went to Gremore’s residence where they took him into custody without further incident.

Gremore was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond.  A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 12) in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 06:15

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Weapon Offense

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46-year-old Christopher Clyde Helton of Friendswood Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor assault on a female. Helton was released on $11,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (September 11).

23-year-old Grady Allen Moore of Harpertown Circle in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (September 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny. Moore was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (September 11).

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