39-year-old James Harlen Radford of George Hildebran Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (March 21) by Hickory Police. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 Thursday morning an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. He’s charged on bills of indictment with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to H.P.D’s arrest report, the original incident that led to Radford’s arrest occurred in June of 2018. Following a traffic stop at Highway 70 S.E. and 19th Street S.W., Officers found 2.9 grams of methamphetamine.

After his arrest yesterday, Radford was taken to Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for May 6.

29-year-old Joseph Aaron Sweat of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Hickory Police Officers without incident at a church in Hickory’s Mountain View community. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of heroin.

Sweat was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (March 21) in Newton.

24-year-old Matthew Lee Sells of the Mocksville Highway in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers at 6:30 Tuesday evening (March 19) on two counts of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a controlled substance. He was also charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in jail or prison, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of a blue light, impersonating a law enforcement officer by insignia, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a concealed firearm and a window tint violation.

He was arrested when a Deputy patrolling on Crawford Road saw a vehicle that appeared to be impersonating a law enforcement vehicle. The Deputy stopped the vehicle at the corner of Crawford Road and Victory Lane in Statesville. He approached the vehicle and met the driver, Matthew Lee Sells. The Deputy noticed two blue strobe lights mounted in the vehicle, which were operational. There were also “HP 511” and “K-9” insignia on the vehicle that were added in an effort to make the car resemble a law enforcement vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up a concealed firearm. The vehicle was impounded, pending further investigation.

Sells was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center, where he was found to be in possession of controlled substances. Bond was set at $16,000, secured. He'll appear in District Court on April 8 & 15.

49-year-old Cathy Diane Elders of Bethany Church Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just before three o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 21) on warrants for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged as an habitual felon.

Elders was taken into custody without incident at the Office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

25-year-old Christian Dior Sifford of 17th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 21) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sifford was taken into custody without incident just before 2 a.m. today at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.

49-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of River Road in Hickory, also known as Deven Kirby Deal, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before three o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 20) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin.

Ward was taken into custody without incident at another address on River Road (not her residence). She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

One person suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg while working on a crane tower at the Lake Norman Quarry.

Lincoln County Communications took a call around 7:50 last night (March 20) regarding shots fired in the area. The caller said there seemed to be two weapons and it sounded like someone was doing target practice. Deputies checked the nearby roads in an attempt to locate the shooter.

Deputies transported the injured person to the main gate at the quarry where they met Lincoln County E.M.S. No additional information regarding the victim's current condition or identity has been released.

Detectives are interviewing a person of interest in the case. The investigation is ongoing.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an early morning carjacking on Sage Court in Denver.

Shortly after 5 a.m. today (March 20), Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 3,800 block of Sage Court. The victim told Officers he was walking to his vehicle in the driveway at his home when he noticed a small S.U.V. parked on a nearby street and three black males walking around the street.

When the victim got into his vehicle (a tan 2014 Honda Accord), two of the men walked up the driveway as the third pulled the S.U.V. into the driveway, blocking the victim's car. The suspects, who had their faces covered, banged on the victim's car window. One of suspects pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim out of the vehicle.

The suspects demanded the victim's money, wallet, and the keys to the Honda. One of the suspects drove the victim's vehicle away while another suspect got back into the small S.U.V.

No one was injured during the incident.

Deputies canvassed the neighborhood and found other vehicles that appeared to have been broken into. Only one additional break-in has been reported.

The stolen Honda has a North Carolina tag number CHL-4376. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

28-year-old Tara Nicole Wood of Henry Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Wood was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 1,100 block of 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. According to Police, Wood, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to have 0.4 grams of methamphetamine on her person.

Wood was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

34-year-old Michell Nicole Alexander of Island Points Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 yesterday afternoon (March 19) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alexander was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person at the St. Stephens Mobile Home Park on 24th Street N.E. Officers located Michell Nicole Alexander, who allegedly had one gram of methamphetamine concealed in her bra. She was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alexander was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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