Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:50

Catawba Man Jailed on Felony Firearms Charge

54-year-old Charles Edward Farley of 6th Street S.W. in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police at about two o'clock last Friday afternoon (November 9) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony probation violation.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Adult Probation Office on 26th Street S.E. to assist Probation Officers, who found a firearm in Farley's vehicle during a search. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the scene.

Farley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $40,000, secured. Appearances in District Court & Superior Court were scheduled today (November 13) in Newton.

27-year-old George Aaron Rhinehardt of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday (November 10) on one count of possession of a stolen firearm. The warrant for his arrest was issued on September 4 on a charge that originated in Catawba County.

Rhinehardt was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $25,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (November 13) in Newton.

41-year-old Andrew James Major, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (November 11) on one misdemeanor count of larceny. He was also charged on a number of outstanding warrants from Watauga and Catawba counties.

The larceny charge stems from an incident on October 19 when Officers responded to a larceny call at the A.B.C. store on North Center Street in Hickory. The suspect had left the scene when Police arrived. The suspect was identified as Andrew James Major and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

The outstanding warrants include a felony probation violation in Catawba County and a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation. In Watauga County, the warrants are for failure to appear on charges of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and driving while license revoked. He also faces charges in Watauga for assault on a female and violation of a court order.

Major was taken into custody without incident just before 8 a.m. yesterday (November 11) at a fast-food restaurant on North Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $46,000, secured. District and Superior Court dates were scheduled tomorrow in Newton. Major will also appear in District Court in Boone on December 4 & 13.

53-year-old Jackie White, who authorities say may be from Florida, has been arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

At 7:42 last night (November 8), Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Taylorsville Police responded to a reported stabbing at an address on Old Wilkesboro Road in Taylorsville. Officers found a 38-year-old male suffering from several stab wounds to his chest.

The victim told Officers that a man named Joseph Nelson had stabbed him with a knife. Officers found the suspect in a wooded area near the victim’s home and were able to take him into custody. The suspect told Officers his name was Joseph Nelson, which was later determined to be false. He was identified as Jackie White.

The victim was transported to Wilkes Regional Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. At last report, he was listed in stable condition.

White's bond was set at $150,000. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday, November 12.

It is not clear at this time what led to the incident. The investigation is continuing.

48-year-old David Brian Brown of North Wilkesboro has been served with a felony fugitive warrant while in custody in Catawba County. He has been in custody since August 1 on bills of indictment for felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and felony larceny. The fugitive warrant was served by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (November 8).

He was wanted for a parole violation by the warrant info coordinator in Sacramento as the result of charges in Riverside County, California. Brown is on parole for offenses that include fraud and impersonating to obtain credit.

He's being held without bond. A District Court appearance on the fugitive warrant was scheduled today in Newton.

35-year-old Brandon Lee Scott of Chief Thomas Road in Harmony was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers Tuesday (November 6) on two counts of felony trafficking in opium or heroin, felony possession of a schedule III controlled substance, two counts of misdemeanor second-degree trespass, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor interfering with a 9-1-1 call, habitual misdemeanor assault and assault by strangulation.

On Tuesday, Deputies were dispatched to a domestic situation at Scott's residence, near Harmony. While responding to the call, Deputies were told that Scott was at the residence destroying property. Scott had multiple outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants.

When the first Deputy arrived, no one came to the door. Back-up Officers responded and found the caller walking down the road. After gathering further information, Deputies cleared and secured the residence. K-9 Officer Binji was deployed in an attempt to locate the suspect.

After tracking approximately 300 yards, Binji located Scott, who was hiding on an adjacent property. Scott was taken into custody without further incident.

He was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond on the outstanding warrants with no bond on the domestic-related charges. Scott has upcoming District Court dates in Iredell County on November 14, 15 & 28 and on December 19.

30-year-old Stephen Aaron "Little Shaggy" Hedrick of Largo Court in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served an outstanding warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. That warrant was issued on October 25.

He was arrested as Officers investigated a reported suspicious person at the Sheetz store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. As Hedrick was arrested on the outstanding warrant, Police found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured. He has since been released. Hedrick was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

31-year-old Cierra Michelle Howell of Cindi Lane in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 last night (November 7) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and one misdemeanor count each of shoplifting with concealment of merchandise and second-degree trespass.

Howell was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.

40-year-old Roger Dale Wyatt of Oakwood Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count of possession a schedule VI controlled substance (up to half an ounce of marijuana). He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wyatt was taken into custody without incident at about 3:50 a.m. today at a convenience store on North Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a suspicious phone call made to the Mini Academy Day Care on Unity Church Road yesterday (November 6).

Deputies were dispatched to the daycare center around 3:30 p.m. where they were met by the facility's director. She told Officers the center received a phone call around 3:27 p.m. from a male who told her to go to the office because he had information about one of her employees. He said the action she took would determine whether the employee and daughter would be hurt over the next couple of days.

The director told Deputies she attempted to stand to get the attention of another employee and have that employee call 9-1-1, but the caller told her to sit down and not move, indicating that he was watching her. The daycare was placed on lockdown to ensure that all employees and students were accounted for. Following a successful headcount, parents were allowed to pick up their children. The caller apparently hung up the phone without saying anything else.

The daycare is operating on a regular schedule. Residents should expect to see an increase in Sheriff’s patrol cars in the area.

Investigators are working to determine the caller's identity and location. The investigation is ongoing.

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