46-year-old Richard David Miller, Jr. of Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 19) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody without incident at 1:30 a.m. today on the 800 block of South Center Street. Miller was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

47-year-old Louis John Pivonka, Jr. of Falls Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:25 p.m. yesterday on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Pivonka is wanted by the U.S. Marshal's Service for a probation violation. He was taken into custody at a Hickory Public Utilities building on 9th Avenue N.E. Pivonka was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on hold for the U.S. Marshal's Service. No court date is currently listed.

Another felony charge has been filed against 19-year-old Jonathan Andrew Johnson of Taylorsville. Johnson was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, as reported Tuesday (July 16) on WHKY. He was arrested in connection to a Monday night (July 15) stabbing at an address on Liledoun Road in Taylorsville. The Alexander Co. Sheriff's Office's investigation into the case led to an additional charge of attempted murder. That charge was filed yesterday (July 17).

Johnson was initially jailed under a $250,000 bond. After the attempted murder charge was filed, he was given an additional bond of $1,000,000, bringing the total bond to $1,250,000, secured. Johnson's next appearance in Alexander County District Court is coming up on Monday, July 22.

43-year-old Kimberly Dawn Davis of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o'clock last night (July 17) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

She was arrested on an outstanding warrant dated June 27, 2019. The initial larceny and arrest occurred on August 24 of last year.

Davis was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

33-year-old Ashly Renee Stone and 37-year-old Ian Howell Mauck, both from Conover, have been arrested in connection to vehicle break-ins that occurred in the Bethlehem community in Alexander County. Stone was charged with 11 counts of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, 11 counts of misdemeanor larceny, and one count of felony larceny of a firearm. Mauck faces nine counts of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor breaking & entering a motor vehicle, seven counts of misdemeanor larceny, and two counts of felony larceny of a firearm. Stone was arrested yesterday (July 17), while Mauck was arrested on July 10.

Stone is Mauck's girlfriend. The arrests were the result of an ongoing investigation into incidents that occurred on July 7 & 8. The investigation involves multiple jurisdictions, including the Hickory Police Department, the Conover Police Department, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, and the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Stone was jailed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $175,000 secured bond. She'll make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on Monday, July 22. No bond amount is currently listed for Mauck. His next court date was set for July 29.

40-year-old Keisha Ann Gantt of Gates Drive in Denver, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday (July 17) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule IV & VI controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gantt was taken into custody without incident at the Office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

34-year-old Juan Moises McDonald of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with failure to appear on two counts of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two aggravating factors and failure to appear on two felony probation violations. In addition, McDonald was charged with two counts of non-support of a child.

Events leading to his arrest began at about 2:20 a.m. on July 11 when a Catawba County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Bethany Church Road and N.C. Highway 16 South in Newton for a traffic violation. The driver failed to stop and attempted to flee, traveling south on Highway 16 and onto Coley Fish Pond Road.

The driver eventually stopped in a driveway on the 2,000 block of Coley Fish Pond Road. He exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Deputies quickly apprehended the suspect, identified as Juan Moises McDonald.

During the investigation, Officers learned that the suspect was in possession of several sets of car keys that appeared to belong to an auto dealership. Deputies communicated with Newton Police and found that the vehicle tag and keys were stolen from a business in Newton.

McDonald was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $39,501 bond. Court dates were set for July 18 & 22 and for August 5 & 22. Additional charges from the Newton Police Department are pending.

17-year-old Khalil Sincere Rhynhart of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police this morning (July 17) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny. Rhynhart was taken into custody without incident just after 8 a.m. today at a dental facility on 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

41-year-old Todd Lee Propst of 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 last night (July 16) on two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for his arrest was issued on July 12 in New Hanover County. He also faces additional drug charges, including maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance (two counts); the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance (two counts); and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Propst was taken into custody without incident at the Highway 321 N.W. / I-40 interchange in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. A Superior Court date was schedule for August 19 in Wilmington.

34-year-old Erika Renee Altamirano of Holland Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of second-degree murder and child abuse.

Events leading to her arrest began at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 when Deputies responded to Davis Regional Medical Center in reference to a four-month-old infant who had been taken to the hospital in an unresponsive state. Deputies were told the child was in critical condition.

Detectives were called to the hospital to begin an investigation. A CAT scan revealed that the child had a serious head injury. The child was then airlifted to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Detectives also went to the hospital in Winston-Salem to continue the investigation.

Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses and family members. They learned that the child’s father had arrived home from work to find the child breathing, but unresponsive. The child’s mother was asleep in the bed with the child. The father immediately called for help and took the child to the nearest hospital.

In Winston-Salem, Detectives interviewed additional family members, along with the child's mother, Erika Renee Altanirano. Initially, no one would say how the child had been injured.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the child's home. They collected evidence including an empty liquor bottle in the trash. Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses and determined that the child had been in the exclusive control of his mother during the day. Altamirano admitted to purchasing and consuming alcohol during the day and said she couldn't remember what happened to the child. According to the Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at an address on Flake Road in Harmony.

Physicians diagnosed the child with a significant skull fracture to the rear of his head and other injuries. The injuries were life-threatening and were consistent with non-accidental trauma.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the child died as a result of his injures. An autopsy was performed the next day. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.

Felony warrants were issued for Altamirano's arrest. She was taken into custody yesterday (July 16) following her release from a medical facility. Bond for Altamirano was set at $500,000, secured. She was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center with a first appearance in court scheduled today in Statesville.

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