35-year-old Mark Anthony Tallent, Jr. of County Line Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (December 6) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Tallent was in possession of an unspecified firearm at the time of his arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at The Tank Skill Fish Games Arcade on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Tallent was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
19-year-old Carl John Vincent Jonasson of Spartanburg, S.C. was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count each of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers saw a suspicious vehicle at Hickory Optimist Park on 2nd Avenue S.W. In the vehicle, Police found four dosage units of L.S.D., 36 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Jonasson was taken into custody without incident at about 3:45 a.m. today. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
53-year-old William Jonathan McNeil of Flora Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 last night (December 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
McNeil was arrested as Officers investigating a suspicious vehicle at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory found 9.2 grams of methamphetamine, 1.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. McNeil was taken into custody without incident.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
At 10:32 a.m. today (December 7), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire located at 34 14th Street SE. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units. Catawba County EMS also responded to the incident.
On arrival at 10:34, firefighters reported flames coming from the back of the house. Firefighters worked to ensure all occupants were outside the burning building and then worked to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered heavy. The Red Cross responded to the incident and will be assisting the occupants.
Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by an electrical issue with a heating appliance.
22-year-old Emerald Skye Martin of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 6) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Martin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 18.
28-year-old Anthony Marcoluciano Pitton of Wicke Lane in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:30 last night (December 6) on one count of larceny by anti-inventory device.
Pitton was arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Kohls store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. The suspect was stopped by Officers as he passed the last point of sale and attempted to exit the store after removing security tags from multiple items.
Pitton was taken into custody without incident at the store. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
34-year-old Jonathan Wesley Mays, who is from the Boomer Community in Wilkes County, has been arrested on outstanding warrants for two counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, two counts of felony larceny, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one count of burning personal property. He was taken into custody Monday (December 3) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies, with assistance Wilkes Co. Sheriff’s Deputies.
On November 29 of this year, Caldwell County Investigators followed up on information related to several vehicle break-ins in the Happy Valley area. The incidents occurred on November 5 & 12. Chainsaws were stolen from Asplundh Tree Service trucks.
Wilkes County Probation & Parole Officers assisted Caldwell County Investigators in a search of Mays’ residence, leading to the discovery of a ledger connecting Mays to the thefts, as well as several other cases that had been reported to the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office.
During the search, Investigators received a report regarding a vehicle fire on Bush Place in Lenoir. The vehicle was a silver Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that had been stolen from Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Auto Sales in Lenoir on November 23. An investigation revealed that Mays was in possession of the Jeep prior to the search of his residence. Mays was then contacted by a family member who told him that he needed to speak with Officers regarding the ledger.
Additional follow-ups related to the search connected Mays to several other thefts in the City of Lenoir and in Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties. Additional charges are pending in several cases. Mays also has pending charges in unrelated cases in Wilkes and Iredell counties.
Mays was arrested Monday near his residence in Boomer after Officers received information regarding his whereabouts. He had evaded arrest for several days. Mays was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for December 18 in Lenoir with a Superior Court date on January 22 in Wilkes County.
25-year-old Kenny Tran of 1st Street West in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:25 p.m. yesterday (December 6) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver methaqualone (quaalude), possession with intent to manufacture a schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tran was taken into custody without incident at the Kenworth Apartments on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $46,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
26-year-old Wesley Ryan Shook of Zion Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (December 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Shook was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (December 6).
62-year-old Sloane Anthony Freeman of West 9th Street in Newton was arrested Thursday (December 6) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
On November 30, 2018, the Newton Police Department was notified of a child pornography investigation that was initiated by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victims Unit. A report was filed with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and was forwarded to Newton Police. An investigation was initiated by the criminal investigations division of the Newton Police Department in conjunction with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI).
The allegations involve the suspect, Sloane Anthony Freeman, and his alleged possession of child pornography. On Wednesday, (December 5), a search warrant was executed at a residence on West 9th Street in Newton. As a result of the search, Freeman was arrested without incident and charged with the sexual exploitation counts.
Freeman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility where bond was set at $20,000. He had a first appearance in District Court on Thursday, his next appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (December 11).
The Newton Police Department, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the NC SBI are members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes against Children (NC ICAC) Task Force. The NC ICAC Task Force includes 160 law enforcement agencies across the state. North Carolina's ICAC Task Force is part of a nationwide network of law enforcement and prosecutors whose goal is to protect children from online dangers.
40-year-old Johnnie Denise Hickman of Hilltop Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (December 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. She's also charged with misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen goods or property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Thursday (December 6), on November 14, 2018, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a vehicle stop on Causby Road in Morganton and seized drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and stolen property from Johnnie Denise Hickman. Stolen property was also seized pending further processing and investigation.
On Monday, deputies again initiated an investigative vehicle stop on Sundown Road, Morganton at approximately 1:45 a.m. The vehicle was driven by the suspect, Hickman, who had outstanding warrants for break-in related charges. According to the news release, Deputies again seized drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine during the stop. Hickman was transported to the magistrate’s office where she was served with the active warrants and charged with the previously listed drug offenses.
Hickman was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $20,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (December 7). Her next District Court date is December 19.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in a robbery earlier this week. On Monday (December 3) at approximately 1:15 p.m., an unknown person entered Friendly Arcade on Highway 70 in Drexel with a firearm, pointed it at the store employee and demanded money.
The suspect fled in a vehicle with an unknown amount of money. Photos of the suspect and vehicle from surveillance can be seen with this story. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous and anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.
North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced Thursday (December 6) that the City of Hickory will receive a $17 million 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
Previously known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER Discretionary Grants, the 2018 BUILD Transportation Grant program provides opportunities for USDOT to invest in roads and other projects that have a significant local or regional impact.
In July 2018, the City of Hickory submitted a BUILD grant application encompassing the continuation and enhancement of projects identified by the citizens of Hickory through the development of the Inspiring Spaces Plan. Many of these projects are being funded through multiple partners and a recent bond referendum.
The project funded by the BUILD grant will develop an approximately 1.7-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and a bridge over US 321, and construct a 1.2-mile complete streetscape loop in Downtown Hickory that will add designated space for bicycles and pedestrians.
Fueled by a $40 million bond referendum approved by Hickory citizens, the City’s vision is to build connectivity through improved multi-modal transportation corridors; connecting people throughout the City to each other, resources, services, jobs, educational opportunities, and cultural people-centric spaces. This new project complements the City’s Riverwalk, City Walk, and Old Lenoir Road streetscape plans to build a 5.2-mile pathway known as the Hickory Trail.
North Carolina Department of Transportation maintenance and contract crews have started to treat the region’s roads as a winter storm toting a mixed bag of precipitation approaches the area.
Starting at lunchtime today (December 6), more than 200 employees in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, started pre-treating roads with brine, a water-salt solution that helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.
The application process will continue into Friday, so motorists should remain alert for brine trucks and give them plenty of room. Additional safety tips for motorists and details on how NCDOT prepares for winter storms can be found at NCDOT's website.