32-year-old Kristy Nicole Saine of Bert Drive in Catawba was arrested today (January 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's was initially charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. A charge of felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises has since been added. Saine was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court date is Monday (January 22).
27-year-old Adonis Miguel “Bay Bay” Rutherford of 10th Street Boulevard N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday (January 16) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
The case dates back to December 29, 2017. Police say the suspect was found to be in possession of a felony amount of marijuana.
Rutherford was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at his residence. Following his arrest, the suspect was processed at the Hickory Police Depart and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Wednesday (January 17). No additional court dates are currently listed.
26-year-old Danny Chasengou was arrested Thursday (January 18) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Chasengou was arrested at an address on Bethel Road in Morganton and placed in jail under $4,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 19).
35-year-old Jeffrey Michael Brown was arrested Thursday (January 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony fail to report change of address as a sex offender. Brown was arrested at 11:18 a.m. Thursday at a Sherwood Heights address. Following the arrest, Brown was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 19).
29-year-old Jesse Franklin Stamey was arrested Thursday (January 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Stamey was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 19).
39-year-old Chriszell Louis Dickerson of 10th Street SW and 20-year-old Tashauna Brianne Ikard of 17th Avenue NE, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police Officers. Ikard was arrested late Wednesday night (January 17), Dickerson was arrested early Thursday morning (January 18). They're both charged with felony breaking and entering to a building.
On January 13, Hickory Police Officers responded to Frye Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault that occurred at 98 3rd Avenue SE. During the assault, multiple known suspects entered the residence forcibly. Warrants were obtained for four suspects. Dickerson and Ikard are the two suspects who have been arrested thus far in this case.
Bond for Dickerson and Ikard was set at $2,000 secured, they are not currently listed as inmates at the Catawba County Detention Facility. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 19) in Newton.
24-year-old Matthew Carroll Greene of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, larceny of a firearm, and larceny after breaking and entering. Greene was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 22).
28-year-old Cody James Suzedelis of 7th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking heroin or opium. Suzedelis was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at an address on 13th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory. His bond was set at $15,000 secured, Suzedelis was not listed as an inmate at the Catawba County Detention Facility as of today (January 30). A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 22).
30-year-old Shonniel Gary Vinson Blackburn of 19th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and probation violation.
On Tuesday Hickory Police Officers were conducting a property check at 1725 13th Avenue Drive NW when they approached a vehicle and saw a passenger, Shonniel Blackburn, conceal an item beside the passenger seat. The item, which was reportedly .37 grams of cocaine, was recovered.
Blackburn was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 19). He has a Superior Court appearance scheduled for next Monday (January 22).
29-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell Jr. of 2nd Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property, and possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition Mitchell is charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, hit and run with property damage, and driving while license revoked.
On June 18, 2017, while on a property check at Shooters of Mountain View on Highway 127, Hickory Police Officers heard gunshots and responded to the area. The shooter was identified as Terrall Lee Mitchell Jr. and was arrested at the scene. There were no injuries as a result of the shots fired.
Mitchell was arrested on the charges once again Tuesday without incident at his residence shortly after 9 a.m. Mitchell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,150,001 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 19). A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 19 in Newton.
Several area school systems will remain closed for students today (Friday, January 19). Catawba County Schools, Caldwell County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Alexander County Schools and Burke County Schools will all be closed for students. It will be an optional teacher workday or planning day for these systems.
All Catawba Valley Community College centers and campuses will open at noon.
Lenoir-Rhyne University: Two-hour delay for classes.
Western Piedmont Community College will operate on a two-hour delay, opening at 10 a.m.
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute Caldwell campus will operate on a two-hour delay, opening at 10 a.m.
The Catawba County Courthouse opens at 8:00 a.m., Catawba County Clerk of Court office opens at 8:00 a.m., District Court begins at 10:00 a.m., No Superior Court sessions.
At approximately 5:20 this morning (January 18), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire located at 201 16th Street SW. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and command unit.
Upon arrival at 5:24 a.m., firefighters reported light smoke coming from the multi-tenant business. Firefighters extinguished the fire on the loading dock and then worked to ensure the fire had not spread to other locations in the building. No injuries were reported and fire damages were considered minor.
Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is under investigation.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice, the price gouging law that protects consumers from scammers is in effect in all 100 North Carolina counties due to Gov. Roy Cooper’s declaration of a State of Emergency related to this week's winter storm. Attorney General Josh Stein notified businesses and consumers earlier this week to be on the lookout for any issues.
North Carolina has a strong statute against price gouging, which is charging too much during a time of crisis, that is tied directly to a declaration of a state of emergency. When Gov. Roy Cooper declared the state of emergency, the statute went into effect and will remain so until the state of emergency is lifted. The state of emergency remained in effect today.
Attorney General Josh Stein and the North Carolina Department of Justice will be reviewing complaints from consumers closely over the next several weeks and is prepared to take action against any businesses engaging in price gouging activities. Please report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.
The City of Hickory is continuing to clean up from yesterday's snowstorm. Rotary-Geitner Park, Hilton Park, Kiwanis Park, Fairbrook Dog Park, Civitan Park's lower parking lot, and Henry Fork River Regional Park are closed until snow and ice has been removed from entrances. Highland Recreation Center and Neill Clark Main Building are open at this time.
Garbage, recycling, and yard waste was not collected yesterday due to the inclement weather. Wednesday's scheduled collection was scheduled to begin on a delayed start today. This is being done to allow temperatures to get above freezing and to assist in the road clearing process. Yard waste and leaf pickup will be suspended for the rest of the week and will resume normally on Monday, January 22. Please leave your rollouts at the curb until they can be serviced.
As the day progresses, further decisions will be made about any other schedule changes. If you have questions regarding garbage, recycling or yard waste collection in the City of Hickory, please call (828) 323-7500. The Street Department has been working throughout the night to clear snow and ice from the streets. Salt crews are on the roads now, with snow plows and other equipment being deployed as soon as temperatures allow. Due to winter weather, Frye's Surgical Weight Loss seminar scheduled for tonight at 6:30 at FryeCare Outpatient Imaging Center will be rescheduled.