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72-year-old Billy Cort Hull of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory and 24-year-old Chelsey Paige Dalton of Bomwan Street in Shelby were both arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning. Hull was charged with felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of methamphetamine, as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dalton was arrested on outstanding warrants issued by the Long View Police Department in February of this year for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the area of the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from an apartment. Officers knocked and stepped inside the apartment where they spoke to Hull and another man, who they knew had been previously banned from Hickory Housing Authority property. The second man was searched, but nothing illegal was found on his person. Dalton (who initially told Police her name was “Santana” Dalton) and another female were present in a bedroom.

Hull would not give consent to search the apartment. Police searched his person, but found nothing. While one Officer went to obtain a search warrant, the subjects were seated on a couch. The couch was first searched for weapons, leading to the discovery of a pill bottle containing 0.1 grams of crack cocaine.

When the search warrant was issued and executed, a pill crusher, a straw, a blunt wrapper, four marijuana roaches, some loose marijuana and another container containing marijuana were found in the bedroom. The marijuana weighed 2.5 grams. Another small baggie containing 1.3 grams of methamphetamine was found in another sofa.

The other two persons in the apartment were not charged. Hull and Dalton were both taken into custody without incident. They were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Hull set at $9,500, secured, while Dalton was given an $8,000 secured bond. Hull was scheduled to appear in District Court today. Dalton has a Superior Court date coming up on September 12.

Monday, 08 September 2014 06:54

Group from Altenburg, Germany Tours Hickory Metro

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A group of seven representatives from Altenburg, Germany arrived in Hickory Friday (September 5) and will remain in town through tomorrow (September 9). The visit is hosted by the Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association.

Their tour being focused on public-private partnerships that re-purpose vacant buildings for economic development and an improved quality of life.

The group is touring areas of western North Carolina, including the cities of Hickory, Lenoir and Morganton. They have visited the Historic Morganton Festival, the Patterson School, the Hickory Regional Airport and other locales within the Hickory Metro. A tour of Sarstedt Manufacturing in the Newton-Conover area is planned for today.

Their trip will conclude with a celebratory dinner, sponsored by the City of Hickory, at the Olde Hickory Station this evening at seven o’clock with a performance by the bluegrass band, Carolina Wind. They’ll spend the day Tuesday with Christof & Rosi Klingspor before departing from Charlotte tomorrow evening.

The Western Piedmont Sister Cities Association is the local branch of Sister Cities International, which coordinates contacts between U.S. cities and other countries. Representing over 2,500 communities in 126 countries around the world, Sister Cities International encourages dialogue among governmental, educational, artistic, business and other officials who seek to improve the quality of life for their communities.

Monday, 08 September 2014 06:48

Silver Alert Issued for Alexander County Woman

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 44-year-old Teresa Ann Smith. Ms. Smith is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Smith is a white female. She is 5' 7" tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has red-ish brown hair and brown eyes. Ms. Smith was last seen wearing an orange shirt and tan shorts.

Her last known location was at 3032 N.C. Highway 16 South. She is believed to be traveling in a green 1997 Toyota Camry with N.C. license tag CHV2879.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Teresa Ann Smith should call the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) announced Tuesday (September 2) that new export data shows merchandise exports from the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metropolitan area totaled a record $1.8 billion for 2013. The numbers represent an increase of 5% or $86 million from the previous year.

Key merchandise export categories for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro region included electrical equipment, computers & electronics, transportation equipment, primary manufactured metals and furniture. Trading partners in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and NAFTA were the leading destinations for Hickory exports.

For more information on exporting, contact the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in Charlotte at 704-333-4886 ext. 229 or visit www.export.gov/northcarolina.

Friday, 05 September 2014 14:16

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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31-year-old Patrick Michael Robbins of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night (September 4) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. Robbins was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

Friday, 05 September 2014 14:04

Lenoir Man Charged with Assault

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21-year-old Jordan Christopher Bingham of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County yesterday for assault & battery and for a probation violation. Bingham was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $11,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

Friday, 05 September 2014 14:00

Shoplifting Citation Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

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19-year-old Erica Sierra Reid of Western Court in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 last night (September 4) on one felony count each for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass.

She was arrested after her mother, 56-year-old Deborah Hass, was spotted concealing something in her purse at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Mother and daughter were taken to the Loss Prevention office where it was learned that the two had previously been banned from the store.

Their purses were searched, leading to the discovery of eight pills in Reid’s purse. They were oxymorphone, Klonopin and Percocet. A grinder was also found. The mother was cited for taking a bracelet valued at $16.

Reid was processed at H.P.D. and then released on a $600 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on October 7 in Hickory.

39-year-old Christopher Scott Fore of Goff Street in Charlotte has been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Greg Hager with one felony count each of breaking & entering, kidnapping with serious bodily harm, assault with serious injury, larceny and common law robbery. Fore is accused of assaulting and kidnapping a 41-year-old woman he had been dating.

The incident leading to Fore’s arrest occurred on September 3 at the woman’s residence on Chase Drive in Iron Station. Fore allegedly began calling and texting the woman, accusing her of having another man at her residence. She told Fore not to come to her residence and explained that she was home due to an injury. Fore came to the residence and was told the leave. A short time later, the victim heard someone break through the back door and encountered Fore.

Fore allegedly assaulted the woman with his fists as he dragged her around the residence. She was able to escape from him and pick up her Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver as she ran into the back yard. The suspect caught the woman, assaulted her again with his fists and took the firearm.

He forced the woman into his vehicle and left the scene. After going to a location in Hickory, Fore took the woman to his mother’s house in Charlotte. He refused to release the woman and initially refused to take her to the hospital. Fore’s mother later convinced him to take the woman to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte where he forced the victim to tell hospital personnel that she had been “jumped on” by someone in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

The next morning, Fore left the hospital. CMC Domestic Violence representatives met with the victim, who was able to tell the hospital staff what really had happened to her.

Fore was arrested at his mother’s home by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives. He was taken before a magistrate and placed under a $150,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Investigation into the incident is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Friday, 05 September 2014 11:23

13 Agencies Participate in Drill at Hickory Airport

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As part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) requirements, area emergency personnel conducted a full-scale drill on August 23 at the Hickory Regional Airport. The drill scenario simulated a crash between a landing aircraft and a vehicle on the ground on airport property.

A total of 40 personnel representing 13 different agencies participated in the drill. The participating agencies were Hickory Fire, Hickory Police, the Hickory Airport, the Hickory control tower, Catawba County E.M.S., Catawba County Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management, Granite Falls Fire, Long View Fire, Hickory Rescue, the North Carolina Forest Service, the Civil Air Patrol and the Red Cross.

The drill focused heavily on the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Randy McKinney, who specializes in training, planning and conducting drills, assisted and instructed the drill participants in the use of the NIMS.

The drill scenario included a crash with fire involved; several injured persons to triage, treat and transport; a fuel spill; the need for additional water supply to the scene; and the required notification of several different agencies.

The Hickory Fire Department expressed its appreciation to each agency and each individual who participated in the emergency drill.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office has released more details in an apparent murder-suicide in the Ellendale Community last night. The deceased have been identified as 32-year-old Jonathan Wayne Thompson and 34-year-old Brandy Nicole Thompson of Chestnut Hunting Lodge Drive.

At 7:21p.m. Thursday, the Alexander County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from an address on Chestnut Hunting Lodge Drive. The caller said she and two others at the residence had been shot. Officers were dispatched to the scene where they found 54-year-old Mary Darlene Tarlton at the residence, alert but suffering from a gunshot wound to the facial area. The Thompsons’ bodies were found with gunshot wounds outside the residence.

Medical personnel on the scene rushed Ms. Tarlton to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, which were described as “serious.” She was later transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for surgery. She was reported to be in stable condition last night.

A four-month-old child was inside the residence when the shooting occurred; however, the infant was not injured. The Alexander County Department of Social Services made arrangements for the care of the infant.

Ms. Tarlton, who also lives in the Chestnut Hunting Lodge community, was Brandy Thompson’s mother. The infant is the deceased couple’s child.

Based on the results of a preliminary investigation, Detectives believe Jonathan Wayne Thompson to be the only shooter. A final determination will be made following the medical examiner’s investigation and the conclusion of a full investigation by Detectives.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Alexander County E.M.S., the Alexander County Rescue Squad, the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Department, Alexander County D.S.S. and Caldwell County E.M.S.