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Friday, 31 July 2015 11:09

Car Crash Leads to Meth Arrest

47-year-old Franklin Dale Hare of 36th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at nine o’clock yesterday morning (July 30). Hare was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested following an accident on the 100 block of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory. A man and woman who were divorced from each other collided. Following the accident, the ex-husband, Franklin Dale Hare, walked around behind a nearby building and then returned to the accident scene.

Officers searched the area behind the building and found a box hidden there. In the box were 5.9 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hare was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

31-year-old Justin Wayne Hart of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at four o’clock yesterday afternoon (July 30) for felony failure to appear in court.

The charge comes in connection to an incident in July of 2013 when an employee at the CVS store on 2nd Street N.E. called Police and said two men were locked in the restroom using controlled substances.

Officers arrived and found the two men – Justin Hart and Joshua Tyler Bolden – in the restroom, where they also found drug paraphernalia. A search of the suspect’s vehicle turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine, six dosage units of Xanax, 0.4 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Hart turned himself in at Hickory Police headquarters and was released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.

Bolden also faces charges for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a Superior Court date set for October 5.

17-year-old Victoria Antonia Gallagher of San Antonio, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6:30 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of careless & reckless driving and no operator’s license.

She was arrested in connection to an incident Monday evening (July 27) at the Hickory YMCA on 1st Street N.W. (reported Wednesday on WHKY). The victim’s gym bag, which contained her car keys and other items, was stolen. The victim went outside and found that her vehicle was no longer in parking lot.

Yesterday, the victim recognized her vehicle as it was being driven by the suspect. The victim followed her vehicle and called Hickory Police. Officers responded and a brief chase ensued. The vehicle was stopped on the 1400 block of 6th Street Circle N.W. and Gallagher was taken into custody.

It’s not clear if the vehicle sustained any damage or if the contents of the victim’s gym bag were recovered.

Gallagher was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

49-year-old John Wayne Nichols of Crossrail Road in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on six felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

On July 17, Detective Sgt. Jason Lowrance with the Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit received a report from the parents of two young girls stating that they had been sexually assaulted by a family member. The abuse allegedly occurred on at least six different occasions between April and July of this year.

The children were interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. After Officers interviewed additional witnesses and conducted further investigation, Nichols was arrested on July 24. He was placed under a $200,000 secured bond. He will next appear in District Court on August 17.

21-year-old Stephen James Harris, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 last night (July 29) on one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender and misdemeanor counts of consumption of alcohol on public streets and on municipal property, second-degree trespass, common law obstructing justice and pedestrian soliciting from the highway. He was also charged with two counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

One of the resisting charges and the soliciting charge originated from his arrest yesterday. The other charges were the result of warrants from Buncombe County. In addition, Harris was wanted on another warrant from Johnson City, Tennessee, for felony failure to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested when Officers approached a subject who was soliciting on the exit ramp for westbound I-40 at 8th Street Drive S.E. After he provided Officers with several false names, the man was correctly identified as Stephen James Harris and the warrants for his arrest were located.

Harris is on the sex offender registry in New York as the result of June 2012 felony convictions on three counts of sexual contact with an individual less than 11years old. His crimes occurred in February of 2012. His victims were a nine-year-old female, a six-year-old female and an eight-year-old male.

Following his arrest yesterday, Harris was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

42-year-old Trevor Shane Carson has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of tattooing without a license and tattooing a person under the age of 18.

At about 8:30 p.m. on July 26, Deputy Brad Stroud took a call regarding minors under the age of 18 receiving tattoos at a location on Trivette Road in Harmony. Between July 1 and July 14, Trevor Shane Carson allegedly tattooed two 12-year-old females. Authorities say Carson is not licensed by the Iredell County Health Department.

Following an investigation, warrants were issued and Carson was arrested yesterday (July 29) without incident. Bond was set at $2,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for August 31.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:24

Police Investigate Vehicle Theft at YMCA

Hickory Police are investigating a larceny and motor vehicle theft at the YMCA in Hickory.

At about 7:45 Monday evening (July 27), Officers responded to 701 1st Street N.W. The victim reported that someone had taken her gym bag from the workout room at the YMCA. Items in the bag included a wallet, credit cards, bankcards, a computer and car keys.

The victim went to check the car and found that it was no longer in parking lot.

Surveillance video showed a white female with brown hair in her late twenties. The suspect was seated on a bench as the victim entered the gym. The suspect followed the victim, took the bag and exited the gym.

Anyone with information regarding the theft should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

20-year-old Carlos Zavata Renteria, Jr. of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 28) on one count of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree rape.

On Sunday (July 26), Sheriff’s Investigators were called to a residence off of Old Wilkesboro Road in Taylorsville. The homeowner told Officers that two Hispanic males had illegally entered her residence during the early morning hours. She said one of the men assaulted her in her bed.

The victim went to Iredell Memorial Hospital where she was examined, treated and released. She was able to identify her assailant.

Following his arrest, Renteria was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for Monday, August 3.

The other Hispanic male is currently being sought by authorities. Investigators believe his first name is Jose.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:15

Lincolnton Man Wins $100K Prize in NCEL

William Alvey of Lincolnton has won a $100,000 prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Mega Bucks game. Alvey, who owns and runs Bill’s Scooters, has observed a tradition of purchasing a lottery ticket every time he stops for gas. He bought the winning $5 ticket at the Kingsway store on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton.

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Alvey received a check for $69,251.54. Alvey plans to use the money to help others and will give 10% to his church. He said he and his wife might take some small trips around North Carolina and they’ll buy a new recliner. Alvey also intends to add some new chrome to his 1983 Honda Goldwing motorcycle.

Alvey says he intends to keep playing the lottery.

As of Tuesday afternoon, three more $100,000 top prizes remain to be claimed in the Mega Bucks game.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 12:01

SWATTING Incident Reported in Newton

At 10:30 Saturday night (July 25), Newton Police dispatchers forwarded a call to Catawba County Communications. The caller identified himself as Sean Prince of Whitegate Lane in Newton. The caller said he had shot and killed his girlfriend with a shotgun and said he had his parents tied up in the bathroom. He said he was thinking about shooting his parents. He said he needed to speak with a hostage negotiator if authorities didn’t want him to kill his parents. The caller said he would be waiting to meet the negotiator at the front door.

Catawba County Deputies, the Sheriff’s STAR (Special Tactics & Response) Team and negotiators responded to the scene. Negotiators made contact with the family and quickly suspected that something was wrong with the call. Negotiators had the family come outside, where they were detained. The residence was searched to verify that no homicide had occurred. The call was proven to be a hoax.

Sean Prince told Officers that he is a gamer and had been live-streaming on Twitch (an online community for gamers) before the incident occurred. He told authorities that hoax SWAT calls are referred to as SWATTING. SWATTING occurs when someone gains access to a victim’s name and address and calls in a hoax incident to the victim’s local jurisdiction, eliciting a SWAT response to the victim’s home.

SWATTING has occurred in other jurisdictions around the United States.

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