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23-year-old Billy Lee Campbell of Melrose Street S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 29) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is accused of possessing 0.2 grams of methamphetamine and 1.3 grams of marijuana. Campbell was taken into custody without incident at about 4:10 this morning at a gas station on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for May 2 in Newton.

25-year-old Coby Lee Wilson of Enola Road in Morganton has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Carter County, Tennessee on a charge of failure to appear for a theft less than $500 and a probation violation for shoplifting. He also faces a failure to appear charge locally for breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

Wilson has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on the fugitive warrant yesterday (April 28) in Newton.

Friday, 29 April 2016 11:01

Hickory Woman Charged with Felony B&E

41-year-old Keisha Lashay Burton of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.

Burton was taken into custody without incident on the 1400 block of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. She was processed at H.P.D. and given a $3,000 secured bond. She was released at about 8:40 p.m. after a bondsman posted her bond. An appearance in District Court was set for May 5 in Newton.

A body found by hikers in a wooded area off of Highway 181 in Burke County has been positively identified by the Medical Examiner as 56-year-old Richard Dale Triplett, according to a press release issued this morning (April 29) by the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Triplett was reported missing last week.

The body was found by a hiker Wednesday (April 27) at the base of the Steels Creek Waterfall in an area known as "God's Country." Investigators said they had to hike to the spot where the remains were found.

Mr. Triplett was reported missing by his family on April 19. Officials said that on April 18, a family member contacted Mr. Triplett’s supervisor at work and were told that he had called into work, stating that he was feeling ill.

An investigation into the cause of Mr. Triplett's death is continuing. There were no physical signs of trauma or foul play. An autopsy will be performed, along with a toxicology report.

21-year-old Anastacia Zhane Wilfong of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. of Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 yesterday afternoon (April 27) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.

She was charged in connection to an incident on September 16 of last year when Police were contacted by Loss Prevention at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. A cashier, Anastacia Wilfong, was allegedly taking money from the register. The incidents began on August 30, 2015. Police did not comment regarding the amount taken.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the D.A.’s office. Wilfong was arrested yesterday at Hickory Police headquarters. She was processed and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

51-year-old Samuel Tyron Young of Hull Street in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 13 counts of first-degree rape of a child and 25 counts of statutory rape.

In January 2016, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a female child who had been sexually assaulted by a family member. The abuse occurred between 2010 and 2013.

The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victims Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Additional witnesses were also interviewed.

As a result of the investigation, Samuel Young was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for May 11.

38-year-old Heath Allen McPherson of Kiplin Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 2 p.m. yesterday (April 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired.

His arrest stems from an incident at about 9:15 a.m. on April 9 of last year when Officers stopped a vehicle driven by McPherson for speeding on the 200 block of 10th Avenue S.W. Police smelled alcohol on McPherson’s breath and conducted a field sobriety test.

During that time, another subject, Bryan Steven Lutz, approached the suspect on foot. Police searched Lutz and found 0.3 grams of a white, rock-like substance identified as crack cocaine. They also searched McPherson and found 0.4 grams of a yellow substance identified as MDMA (or Ecstasy) on his person.

Both suspects were arrested at that time. Yesterday, McPherson was served an indictment on the felony drug charge at H.P.D. headquarters. He was processed and released under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

26-year-old Sasha Luecinda Chapman of Cramer Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early his morning (April 28) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another 25-year-old female suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chapman was taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, at about 3:20 a.m. today. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:27

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charges

35-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:20 last night (April 27) on two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property and four felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. The warrants for his arrest were issued on April 5.

Linder was taken into custody without incident at another residence on “F” Avenue. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

64-year-old Billy Joe Henry of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:25 yesterday afternoon (April 26) on one felony count of common law robbery and one misdemeanor count of assault of a female.

On April 20, Police responded to a residence in southeast Hickory in reference to a domestic assault in which the victim's purse was taken by the suspect. The assault occurred at Billy Henry’s address. The victim did not seek medical treatment.

A warrant for Henry’s arrest was issued on April 21. He was taken into custody without incident yesterday on the 100 block of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory. Henry was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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