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Thursday, 01 December 2016 05:20

Meth Charges Filed Against Hickory Woman

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24-year-old Echo Danielle Camp of 35th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Camp was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 1).

29-year-old Justin Matthew Wilson, 46-year-old Eugene Edward Stafford, 52-year-old Shirley Luann Abee, and 31-year-old Kimberly Necole Freeman were all arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. All four suspects are residents of an apartment complex on Cherrywood Road in Hudson, Wilson and Freeman list the same apartment number, and Stafford and Abee list a different apartment number at the same complex. Wilson is charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. Stafford, Abee, and Freeman are all charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Monday (November 28), shortly after 10 p.m., a home invasion and armed robbery was reported to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to 3395 Warlick’s Church Road in Hildebran and were told that a man broke in through the back door of the residence wielding a knife. One of the victims sustained minor injuries from the knife during a physical altercation with the suspect. The suspect then held a knife against the victim’s throats demanding money and threatening to kill them.  

The victims gave the suspect the cash they had on hand and the suspect fled on foot. The investigation into the incident revealed that Eugene Edward Stafford was allegedly present during the robbery under the guise of being a victim but was actually involved with the robbery itself. Stafford’s role was to enter the residence posing as a visitor, with the robber to come in a short while later to rob the victims.

The suspect wielding the knife was identified as Justin Matthew Wilson. It was also determined by investigators that the respective girlfriends of both male suspects participated in the crime and were identified as Kimberly Necole Freeman and Shirley Luann Abee. Stafford was taken into custody at the scene.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office was contacted for their assistance in locating Wilson, Abee, and Freeman. Caldwell deputies found all three suspects at an apartment building on  Cherrywood Road in Hudson. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to that scene and located a burned purse in the apartment complex dumpster and several keys believed to be the stolen property of the victim. Wilson, Abee, and Freeman were all taken into custody and jailed.

Wilson and Abee were jailed under $75,000 secured bond, Stafford and Freeman's bonds were set at $25,000 secured. Stafford was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday (November 29), and the other three suspects had court appearances scheduled yesterday (Wednesday, November 30). This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

A Catawba County man will spend a minimum of six years in prison following a guilty plea yesterday (Wednesday, November 30).

27-year-old Noah Allen Miller of Conover was given an active prison sentence of six to eight years after pleading guilty to a number of felony charges and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court Wednesday.

The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, issued Miller’s sentence, which will be served in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Miller’s sentence was enhanced by habitual felon status attained from prior felony convictions in Catawba County for breaking and entering (September 2009), common law robbery (November 2010) and breaking and entering (February 2013).

The defendant entered the guilty plea to two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts of breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, two counts of felony larceny, attempted felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, felony possession of cocaine and marijuana. The offenses occurred between September 2013 and July 2014.

The cases were investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Conover Police Department with assistance from the Hickory Police Department. Scott Lippert and Michael Van Buren prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.

Morganton City workers shut off water service on Sloan Avenue at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, November 30), to repair a water line break. All customers on Sloan Avenue will be affected including the Sterling Forest Apartments. Workers expect to have the line repaired and water service restored between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

A Burke County teenager will spend at least the next five years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 29).

19-year-old Caleb Joseph Van-Arsdale entered the guilty plea and was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. The Honorable Joseph N. Crosswhite, Superior Court Judge from Iredell County, imposed the sentence for Van Arsdale.

Van Arsdale shot and killed 20-year-old Jacob Andrew Lucas of Gaston County on September 14, 2016, at the residence where Van Arsdale and his girlfriend were living in eastern Burke County.

The defendant left for work on the night of September 13, but returned home earlier than usual the next morning to find Lucas in the home with Van Arsdale’s girlfriend. After a verbal exchange, Van Arsdale fired a blast from a shotgun that struck Lucas at close range and killed him.

Using the victim’s vehicle, Van Arsdale took his girlfriend to a family member’s home before finally turning himself in at the Hickory Police Department later that day.

Burton Wilbur led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. David Learner and Frank Webster prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

More information has been released regarding the arrests of 32-year-old Shawncody Lee Hanton of Bethel Road and 32-year-old Richard James Ussery of Oakshire Circle, both from Charlotte. The two were arrested by Hickory Police at 1:30 a.m. yesterday (November 29). They were each charged with three felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ussery was also charged with failure to appear on misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he was charged with a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation.

At about 10:30 Sunday night (November 27), a 30-year-old man who lives on 5th Avenue S.W. let his friend, Richard James Ussery, into his apartment. Ussery did not completely shut the door. A short time later, Shawncody Lee Hanton, who was unknown to the victim, entered the residence. He pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded money. Both suspects left the apartment with the victim’s cell phone, his wallet and about $200 in cash.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol later spotted the suspect vehicle on Highway 321 S.W. Troopers pursued the vehicle into Gastonia, where it crashed. Both suspects were in the vehicle. A small quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana were also found. H.P.D. arrived on the scene and took both men back to Hickory.

It’s unclear why three robbery charges were filed against each suspect. No drug charges have been filed at this time.

Both suspects remain in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hanton's bond was set at $200,000, secured, while Ussery was given a $311,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court yesterday with their next appearances coming up on December 13. Ussery has additional court dates on December 5, 14 & 16.

A third person arrested in connection to a double homicide in Burke County will face the death penalty. The case is from September of this year.

During Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (November 29), prosecutors for the State announced they will proceed with the case against 33-year-old Scott Devon Hemphill of Charlotte as a capital matter.

Hemphill is charged with two counts of murder in connection to the September 17 deaths of Spencer Murray and Albert Austin, whose bodies were found in the trunk of a burned vehicle.

He is the third suspect tied to the double homicide who will face the death penalty. The State announced two weeks ago that it will seek the death penalty for Icey Chennell Gooden and Brian Jerome Robinson, co-defendants in the murder case.

23-year-old Devon Eugene Reedy of Sun Valley Trail in Lincolnton and 23-year-old Dakota Bret Hull of Tallent Road in Vale were arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Reedy was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hull was charged with one felony count each of conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and obtain property by false pretense.

According to detectives, one of the subjects sold methamphetamine to an undercover detective on a previous date and arranged to sell to the officer again on Tuesday.  Detectives say both subjects met with the undercover officer and received money to purchase methamphetamine. Detectives say both men left the meeting location and walked to a nearby residence but never returned. Later, detectives conducting surveillance went to the residence and found both suspects.

According to a news release, both suspects admitted to taking the money and buying beer, cigarettes, and marijuana with it.  Narcotics detectives seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia from one of the suspects and both were taken into custody.  

Reedy received a $30,000 secured bond. Hull's bond was set at  $20,000 secured. No court dates were listed. 

40-year-old Loretta Ann Barnes of Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Probation and Parole Officers. She's charged with one count of felony probation violation. Barnes was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 06:38

Hickory Police Seeking Information In Hit And Run Case

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The Hickory Police Department is seeking public assistance in the investigation of an incident in which a pedestrian was struck during a hit and run. The incident occurred Monday (November 28), at approximately 8 p.m. in the 200 Block of 12th Ave NE between Viewmont Baptist Church and the Cubbard Express Exxon Convenience Store.  

The victim, 28-year-old Joshua Edward Holden, of Hickory, was located on the ground with severe injuries believed to be sustained from being struck by a vehicle. Holden was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center and then later to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem where he is currently in critical condition.

The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident to contact Investigator J. Patterson at 828-261-2626 or

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