According to a report published by WSOC-TV, a man was stabbed to death in Connelly Springs this morning (October 7). Officers were called to scene near the intersection of Harding Road and Bailey Road shortly before 6 a.m.  The deceased has been identified as Cameron Smith.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is reportedly treating the incident as a homicide, though Investigators are working to determine if the killing might be a case of self-defense.

Officers believe the stabbing happened at a neighbor's home. They say the victim was able to return to his home on Bailey Road before calling 9-1-1.

According to WSOC’s report, a possible suspect and the victim had been involved in a long-standing dispute prior to this morning’s stabbing. The possible suspect has been detained as Officers continue their investigation.

The Hickory Police Department will hold a “Coffee with a Cop” event on Halloween, October 31. Coffee with a Cop will take place at Starbucks on Highway 127 North (1342 2nd Street N.E.) from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. The event will feature coffee, conversation and Halloween goodies for any children in attendance.

Coffee with a Cop is a national movement designed to build trust between community members and Police Officers. Officers and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

The Hickory Police Department also strives to incorporate young people from the community in each of their events as a way of furthering their community policing initiatives.

22-year-old Matthew Levi Lewis Gibson of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on two counts of failure to register as a sex offender. He also faces charges for a felony probation violation and indecent liberties with a child. In addition, Gibson was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Just before 3 a.m. today, Officers served the warrants for Gibson’s arrest at a mobile home park in Hickory’s St. Stephens area. Gibson is on the sex offender registry as the result of a 2014 conviction in Catawba County for indecent liberties with a child. The offense occurred in 2010 when the victim was ten years old and Gibson was 16.

Following his arrest, Gibson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $95,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court tomorrow and on October 12 & 19. A District Court date on the marijuana charge was set for December 9.

26-year-old Samuel Brian Hancock and 18-year-old Arlena Ritchie of Fox Run Drive in Statesville have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of child abuse, including a willful act or omission causing serious physical injury.

On September 30, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Rowan Regional Hospital regarding a two-month-old child who had been brought to the hospital with serious injuries. The child was emaciated and had bruises and marks on her face consistent with abuse. She was transferred to Brenner’s Hospital in Winston Salem.

Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit identified and interviewed several witnesseses. As a result of the investigation, Hancock and Ritchie were both charged and arrested. Iredell County D.S.S. is also investigating and has taken custody of the victim, as well as another child.

Further medical tests have revealed that the victim had several hairline rib fractures and was suffering from severe malnutrition. The fractures are believed to have occurred in Cabarrus County and will be investigated there.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the child is responding well to treatment and has been released from the hospital. She is now in the care and custody of D.S.S., pending their investigation.

Hancock and Ritchie were both placed in the Iredell County Jail with bond for each set at $200,000, secured. Both were scheduled to appear in court yesterday (October 5).

A man ran off the road in Lenoir yesterday morning (October 4). The driver reportedly experienced medical conditions that caused him to veer off of U.S. Highway 18.

His black pick-up truck crashed into a ravine. Witnesses thought the vehicle caught on fire; however, when first-responders arrived, there was no fire. Rescue crews removed the driver from the vehicle before pulling the truck up the steep embankment.

The driver sustained only minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

The truck was eventually removed and towed away. Traffic was delayed for about 45 minutes.

57-year-old Roger Dean Barlow of Highway 70 in Connelly Springs, 41-year-old Libby Ann Williams of Milton Avenue S.W. in Valdese and 42-year-old Kenneth Shane Duncan of Advance, N.C. were all arrested by Hickory Police Friday (October 2) on a variety of charges.

Barlow was charged with possession with felony intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was charged with a felony parole violation and with misdemeanor providing false information to an officer. Duncan was arrested on outstanding warrants for three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear.

They were arrested when Officers on patrol on the 100 block of 1st Avenue S.W. spotted a tan Honda Accord with an expired registration and stopped the vehicle on the 500 block of the same street. Barlow (the owner of the Honda) was in the right rear passenger seat. Three other subjects were also in the vehicle.

Duncan was the driver. Orders for his arrest had been issued on September 16, 21 & 24. Williams, in the front passenger seat, initially gave Officers a false name. Once she was correctly identified, Officers found the warrant for her arrest, which was issued in August.

A search of the vehicle turned up four grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, resulting in the charges against Barlow. The fourth person in the car was not charged.

Barlow, Williams and Duncan were all placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Barlow set at $10,000, secured, while Williams was given a $1,500 secured bond and Duncan was held under an $11,500 secured bond. Barlow has since been released. Barlow was scheduled to appear in District Court today (October 5). Williams has a District Court appearance coming up on November 5 and Duncan has court dates on October 22, November 9 and December 10.

The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office has issued a press release regarding an incident in which shots were fired into a residence.

On Saturday (October 3), Alexander County Communications received information that shots were fired into a brick residence on Paul Payne Store Road in Taylorsville sometime during the previous night.

No one was injured during the shooting. The residence was damaged.

An investigation is ongoing.

Monday, 05 October 2015 11:39

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charges

27-year-old Tori Jaquet Conley of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (October 2) on felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. He was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.

He was arrested as Officers performing a property check in the Price Village area on the 800 block of 6th Street N.E. detected the odor of marijuana coming from a vehicle. Conley was the vehicle’s only occupant. A search turned up 66.4 grams of marijuana and 0.5 grams of cocaine.

Conley was arrested at 2:32 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Friday, with additional court dates coming up on October 23 and November 10.

53-year-old Michael James Vassil of Margate, Florida was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested as Officers on patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled marijuana coming from a hotel room. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.01 grams of crack cocaine, 0.9 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Vassil was one of five subjects in the room. He took responsibility for the drugs. The other subjects present were not charged.

Vassil was taken into custody without incident at 1:47 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

17-year-old Tristan Alexander Erdman of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o’clock last night (October 1) on two felony counts each of larceny after breaking & entering and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.

He was arrested in connection to vehicle break-ins on September 26 & 30 at the parking deck in downtown Hickory. On the 26th, a Bluetooth speaker, earrings and some chance were taken. A car charger and some cigarettes were stolen in the second incident. One vehicle was locked and one was not.

Investigators reviewed video surveillance footage and were able to identify Erdman as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory.

Erdman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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