35-year-old Jimmy Jermaine Hicks of Milan Road, East, in Charlotte was arrested Saturday (August 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, possession of a firearm by a felon, alter or remove a gun's serial number, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued today (August 10) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team conducted a traffic stop on a Nissan for a traffic violation on River Highway in Mooresville. During the course of the traffic stop an officer spoke with the driver, Jennifer Hicks, and advised her of the violation. A K9 officer detected the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, a 9 mm handgun with an altered serial number, and 25 grams of meth were found under the front passenger seat where Jimmy Hicks, the sole passenger had been sitting. Numerous clear plastic bags were also located in the vehicle which are consistent with the sale of narcotics. Officers learned that Hicks is a convicted felon.
Bond was set at $50,000 secured. No court date was listed.
42-year-old Wendy Sue Blodgett of Swinging Bridge Road in Conover was arrested Thursday (August 9) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Probation and Parole. The Sheriff's Office charged Blodgett with possession of methamphetamine. Probation and Parole charged her with probation violation. Blodgett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled today (August 10).
43-year-old Michael Shane Reese of Crisp Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Reese was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.
24-year-old Matthew Carroll Greene of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering, along with single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of stolen property. Greene was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday, a Superior Court date is set for September 10.
The second child who was seriously injured in an eastern Burke County crash earlier this week has passed away. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, on Thursday evening (August 9), the 17-month-old child involved in the Wednesday (August 8) collision on Henry River Road near Hildebran, passed away. Her name is Adaline Dawn Hullette of Connelly Springs. Highway Patrol has also released the name of the 4-month-old child who died at the scene, Piper Layne Myers. The driver of one of the vehicles involved in the wreck, 21-year-old Cody Austin Myers of Hickory, was also killed in the crash.
At about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the collision which occurred about a half-mile south of I-40. A 1997 Buick Century four-door passenger car driven by Cody Austin Myers was traveling south on Henry River Road, while a 2006 Ford F-250 four-door pickup truck driven by 65-year-old James Robert Abernathy of Hickory was traveling north on the same road. According to a witness and evidence at the scene, the Buick crossed the double yellow line and collided with the Ford.
Two children in the rear seat of the Buick were ejected from the vehicle. There were child restraints seats in the vehicle; however, due to severe damage from the impact of the crash, the seats were ejected from the car. The driver of the Ford and a teen passenger sustained minor injuries. Troopers in Burke County along with the NCSHP Collision Reconstruction Unit returned to the scene Thursday as the investigation continues.
Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed its eighth case of rabies in the county this year. On August 7, Animal Services responded to a call from a Claremont resident whose dog came into contact with a raccoon. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services today (August 9) that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The dog was current on its rabies vaccine and received a rabies booster shortly after the incident occurred. Animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.
Remember, the best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated. For more information, call Catawba Co. Animal Services at 828-464-7686.
28-year-old Crystal Marie Hughes and 32-year-old Kyle Blackburn Brown, both of U.S. Highway 70 West in Morganton were arrested by Hickory Police late Wednesday morning. Hughes was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, while Brown was charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged on an outstanding warrant with a misdemeanor probation violation.
They were arrested after Officers approached subjects in the parking lot at a retail store on 21st Street Drive S.E. in reference to a possible shoplifting case. Hughes was arrested after Police found 2.9 grams of methamphetamine. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, she also had a knife on her person at the time of her arrest.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Hughes set at $5,000, secured, while Brown was given an $18,000 secured bond. Neither suspect remained in custody as of this afternoon. Hughes was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 9) in Newton. Brown has a District Court date tomorrow in Morganton.
32-year-old Philip Joseph Harrison of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs, 36-year-old Anthony Edward Deyton of Whitener Drive in Hickory and 30-year-old Tiffany Leann Massey of Smith Street in Valdese were all arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 9). Harrison was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine. Deyton faces one felony count of failure to appear on an out-of-county probation violation and Massey was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Harrison and Massey were also charged one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia.
The three were taken into custody without incident at about 1:25 a.m. today at a billiard parlor on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, Harrison was in possession of 37.4 grams of meth and Massey had 0.6 grams of meth at the time of their arrests. All three suspects were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Harrison was set at $125,000, secured. Deyton was given a $30,000 secured bond and Massey was held under a $6,000 secured bond. Harrison and Massey were both due in District Court today, while Deyton has a Superior Court date scheduled for September 17.
Z. Ann Hoyle, who represented Ward 4 on the Hickory City Council from 1991 to 2009, passed away yesterday (August 8) at the age of 75. Originally from Cleveland County, Ms. Hoyle moved to Hickory’s Ridgeview community in 1965. She is remembered as a strong advocate for the community she represented.
Funeral arrangements have not been released at this time.
49-year-old Curey Dwayne Dixon of Knoxville, Tennessee was arrested Wednesday (August 8) on charges filed by Conover Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Conover Police charged Dixon with felony larceny, the Sheriff's Office filed a misdemeanor larceny count. Dixon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,500 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for August 21 on the felony charge, and September 5 on the misdemeanor count.
Last night’s powerful storms have prompted N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews to close several roads in Lincoln County.
About 100 trees fell last night in Lincoln County. Several roads remain closed this morning as crews work to remove downed trees on power lines. They include: Ramseur Street, Poston Drive, Pressley Drive, Devine Road, Gates Road, and Hestertown Road.
Cleanup efforts will continue as long as needed to safely reopen the affected roads to traffic.
36-year-old Christopher Kelly Jones Jr. of Forest Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Jones was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 9).
18-year-old Luca Tyler Buntic of Brookwood Drive in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (August 8) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, and break or enter a motor vehicle. Buntic was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 9).
47-year-old Patricia Bowman Holsclaw was arrested last Saturday (August 4) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II and III controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, possession of marijuana, trafficking opiates by possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (August 8), during the early morning hours last Saturday members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department Narcotics units concluded a month long investigation into suspected use and sale of illegal drugs at a residence on Ret Stafford Lane in the Wittenburg Community.
Narcotics investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the Ret Stafford Lane residence. Investigators seized approximately 4.3 grams of methamphetamine and 4 grams of opiate narcotic pills all pre-packaged for sale. They also seized a small amount of marijuana, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, and $327 in U.S. Currency.
At the time the home was searched it was learned that Holsclaw was caring for a small child, and that child had been present during drug transactions. D.S.S. was contacted and a report was filed in reference to the child. Holsclaw was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $30,000 Secured Bond. Her next District Court date is August 27.