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43-year-old Barry Talmage Hildebran of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 yesterday morning (July 28) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

According to Police reports, Hildebran was found removing wire from an abandoned building. He ran from Officers, but was later apprehended in a wooded area behind the building on Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory.

Hildebran was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

37-year-old Christopher Lee Sisk of Safeway Drive in Gastonia has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on one felony count of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursors and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators had followed Sisk on the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). They took him into custody last Thursday (July 24) as he was preparing to set up a meth lab. During a search of Sisk’s vehicle, Officers found a box of pseudoephedrine, muriatic acid, a lithium battery and 100 percent lye, which are all chemicals used to manufacture meth. They also found metal pliers, tube cutters, coffee filters, a cold compress and aluminum foil used to process, prepare and store a controlled substance.

Sisk remains in jail under an $11,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on August 13. Sisk also has a Superior Court date coming up on August 7 for felony possession of meth.

The NPLEx system has been adopted by 25 states around the nation. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators provides the program at no cost to states that have legislation requiring real-time electronic monitoring of precursor purchases, and agree to use the system.

39-year-old Jonathan Andreas Lineberger of Catawba was convicted today (July 29) in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Lineberger was sentenced to no less than 21 months and no more than 35 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crime occurred in May 2013 in Hickory. Officers responded to a disturbance in the parking lot at a local restaurant and found Lineberger with a .380 caliber handgun in his pants pocket. Lineberger had previously been convicted in Catawba County in July of 1995 for felony voluntary manslaughter.

Scott Blackwood from the Hickory Police Department handled the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Sean McGinnis prosecuted the case. The Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt presided over the conviction.

Lineberger will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

More details have been released in the arrest of 27-year-old Jerry Duane Anderson of Beach Road in Hudson, first reported yesterday (July 28) on WHKY. Anderson was arrested by Officers with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit Friday (July 25) on three counts felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. He was also charged with driving while license revoked.

During the investigation, undercover purchases of methamphetamine were conducted, resulting in the seizure of approximately 27 grams of meth. The drugs have a street value of $4,050, according to N.C. state guidelines.

Based on those controlled purchases, a search warrant was obtained for Anderson’s home and vehicles. Anderson was taken into custody at the Lenoir Courthouse on a previous warrant for driving charges and subsequently searched for contraband. Agents found three firearms in the Jeep Cherokee that Anderson drove to court, along with packaging materials, methamphetamine and digital scales. The firearms were a .38 caliber pistol, a .22 caliber rifle and a .12 gauge shotgun.

At the residence, Agents found additional packaging materials and a small amount of meth. The investigation is continuing with further charges expected.              

After his arrest, Anderson was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $265,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (July 28) in Lenoir.

Six people were arrested last week in Iredell County as part of a multi-agency effort known as Operation Double Deuce.

Paul Colborne was arrested on a Federal warrant from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. 44-year-old William Cody Ridenhour was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, maintaining a place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ridenhour was also charged on an outstanding warrant from Caldwell County for non-payment of child support. Tony Lee Baynard, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Craig Lavon Wilson was arrested on an outstanding child support warrant. 29-year-old Juwan Anthony Hester was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 58-year-old Victoria Lee Ivester faces charges for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

Three Detectives from the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit took part in the operation. They are Lt. Bill Hamby and Sergeants Tim Edwards and Leah Taylor.

Operation Double Deuce involved the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina Probation & Parole and the U.S. Marshal Service. The operation was conducted to verify and check registered sex offenders in the 22A Judicial District, which covers Iredell and Alexander counties.

The taskforce met in Alexander County on Wednesday, July 23, and checked 56 registered sex offenders. The following day, Officers met in Iredell County and checked 28 registered sex offenders.

In total for the two-day operation, 84 offenders were verified. 15 weapons were seized, including ten rifles, four shotguns, one sawed-off shotgun and several hundred rounds of ammunition. A total of 18 arrests were made. Nine offenders have charges pending. 70 pornographic VHS tapes and 17 pornographic DVDs were seized. Also seized were two computers, one cell phone and various amounts of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Lee Miller has been appointed to be the new principal at Arndt Middle School. The announcement was made at the Catawba County Board of Education’s July 28 meeting. Miller has been the assistant principal at Bunker Hill High for several years.

In addition, several assistant principal positions were filled:

  • Arndt Middle – Jennifer Stodden, formerly a teacher at Blackburn Elementary;
  • Balls Creek Elementary – Allen Ramsey, formerly a math teacher at Bandys High;
  • Bunker Hill High – Drew Stiles, transferring from an assistant principal’s position at Lyle Creek Elementary;
  • Campbell Elementary – Kyle Stocks, formerly in Buncombe County;
  • Foard High – Samy Shreitah, formerly an Exceptional Children’s teacher at Foard;
  • Foard High – Audrey Hovis, formerly a Career-Technical Education teacher at Foard;
  • Lyle Creek – Danielle Cairns, formerly a teacher at Banoak Elementary;
  • St. Stephens Elementary – Robert Turner, formerly a sixth-grade teacher at Grandville Elementary in Hickory; and
  • Tuttle Elementary – Tabetha Reynolds, formerly a teacher at Mountain View Elementary.

The assistant principal vacancy at Lyle Creek is expected to be filled within the week.

The Hickory Police Department is offering the second Citizen’s Academy Reunion Seminar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 21 in the City Hall Council Chambers. The seminar is open to any Citizen’s Police Academy graduate.

The topic for the upcoming session is “Darkness to Light,” an evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training program. The program has been proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

The training is offered by the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center.

Those interested in attending the Citizen’s Academy Reunion Seminar should contact Chrystal Dieter at cdieter@hickorync.gov or 828-261-2600 by August 14.

28-year-old Alison Nicole Hullett of Hickory was convicted in Catawba Co. Criminal Superior Court yesterday (July 28) on two counts of felony child abuse one count of felony larceny by employee. Hullett was sentenced to no less than 40 months and no more than 72 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

The crimes occurred in February 2013 and June 2013, respectively, in Hickory and Newton. In the child abuse case, Hullett was convicted for failure to seek medical care for her children who had been injured and then making false statements to Police and to the Department of Social Services as to how the injuries occurred. The larceny conviction involved the theft of more than $1,500 from Hullett’s employer. She failed to make a deposit. Hullett admitted the theft to investigators.

Investigator Lori Dingess from the Hickory Police Department and Investigator David Coffman from the Newton Police Department handled the investigations and Assistant District Attorney Brenda Brewer prosecuted the cases. The Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt presided over the convictions.

Hullett will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

According to a statement released by the Newton Police Department, the investigation into the death of Margaret “Maggie” Daniels is continuing.

Based on information obtained during interviews, Investigators secured search warrants for an apartment in the Windsor Apartment complex. Multiple search warrants were executed early Saturday morning by Newton Police Investigators and Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Davie Co. Sheriff’s Department. Items seized during the searches were transported to the state crime lab yesterday morning (July 28) for analysis.

No further information was released.  

Ms. Daniels was a teacher, coach and counselor with Newton-Conover City Schools, most recently serving as a counselor at Discovery High School. Her body was found in her apartment on June 28.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.

31-year-old Ben A. Ostiguy of 17th Street S.W. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 Friday afternoon (July 25) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged as an habitual felon.

The charges come in connection to an incident on April 14 of this year in which Hickory Police were called to assist authorities from Iredell County. The case involved a computer that was stolen from a 39-year-old Statesville women. The computer was pawned at Hickory Pawn & Gun. It was recovered the following day.

After his arrest, Ostiguy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on August 1.

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