Hickory Police are investigating a reported larceny at Carolina Hang Tabs on 4th Street S.W. in Hickory.

The company’s owner believes an employee stole 540 boxes of hang tabs, an Apple iPhone 6 and a laptop computer, all with a combined value of $71,800. Hang tabs are small plastic pieces attached to various merchandise so that the merchandise may be hung from pegboards or other display racks.

The theft was reported yesterday (May 26). As of Friday morning, no charges had been filed and no arrests had been made.

51-year-old Thomas Fitzgerald Cumberlander of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory and 37-year-old Robin Nicole Piedlow of Triplett Farm Road in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (May 26) in connection to a shoplifting incident at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Cumberlander was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, while Piedlow was charged with misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested at about 2:15 Thursday afternoon after Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officer watched a male, later identified as Thomas Cumberlander, as he took an aquarium hood from the shelves and took it to customer service where he produced a receipt and was given a cash refund. A female, Robin Piedlow, was then seen concealing several items in a vehicle in the parking lot. The items included a variety of washcloths, towels and dishcloths.

Both subjects were detained by Loss Prevention until H.P.D. arrived and arrested them without incident. The two have now been banned from Walmart.

They were both jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Cumberlander set at $2,000, secured, while Piedlow was given a $1,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for August 2 in Newton.

26-year-old Lauren Nicole Sherrill of 10th Street S.W. in Hickory and 26-year-old Brittany Correll Greene of Twin Meadow Drive in Hudson have both been arrested by Hickory Police. Sherrill was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, no operator’s license and driving while license revoked. Greene was served an outstanding warrant for a felony probation violation and she was charged with misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

They were arrested as Officers on patrol on the 800 block of South Center Street passed a vehicle with no tag lights. They pulled the vehicle over at 1110 South Center Street. The driver had just purchased the vehicle and was given a warning.

Sherrill and Greene were passengers in the vehicle. Officers found two outstanding warrants out of Caldwell County for the vehicular offenses against Sherrill. A search of her person turned up 0.9 grams of methamphetamine in her shoe. She also dropped drug paraphernalia in the back seat of the patrol car.

Greene initially gave Police a false name. When Officers determined her true identity, they found the outstanding for the probation violation.

Both women were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where bond for Sherrill was set at $9,000, secured, and Greene was given an $11,000 secured bond. Sherrill was due in District Court today, while Greene has a court date on May 31.

31-year-old Kingsley Michelle Perkins of North McLin Creek Road in Conover was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers today (May 26) on a felony fugitive warrant. She was wanted in Washington County, Tennessee for a probation violation. Perkins was on probation following a September 2014 conviction in Tennessee for larceny over $60,000. She has also been charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Perkins has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

42-year-old Scottie Eugene Hopkins of Vermillion Lane in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police on a long list of charges, including a number of outstanding warrants. Current charges include misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants from earlier this month include one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, three felony counts of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, plus one more misdemeanor failure to appear warrant from April of this year.

He was arrested as Hickory Police assisted the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in serving the warrants on Hopkins at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Officers found Hopkins in a room at the hotel and saw drug paraphernalia in plain view. A search turned up various containers and baggies. In all, 16.8 grams of marijuana and two Subutex pills were found, along with additional drug paraphernalia. Subutex is typically used to treat pain or treat opioid addiction.

Hopkins was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $81,600 bond. He’ll appear in District Court in Statesville on May 31, with additional court dates on June 8, June 27 and July 19.

58-year-old Dennis James McElrath of 11th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 25) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. At the same, 23-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to their arrests began at about 1 a.m. today when Officers on foot patrol at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room. Police obtained and executed a search warrant at about 3 a.m. McElrath, Chisholm and a female subject were in the room.

Officers entered the room, where they heard a toilet flushing. Police then retrieved a baggie containing 1.9 grams of cocaine from the toilet. A search of the room turned up a tray with a straw and 0.1 grams of cocaine, as well as a marijuana grinder.

McElrath was charged for the drugs and Chisholm was arrested on the outstanding warrants, which were issued on April 6 and April 13. The female was not charged.

The two men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McElrath set at $2,500, secured, while Chisholm was given a $3,200 secured bond. McElrath was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Chisholm has a court date the following day.

47-year-old Todd Geoffery Blackburn, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 p.m. on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Target store shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon. A Loss Prevention Officer saw a male subject concealing items and walking out of the store without paying. The items included a purse, a woman’s bookbag, two watches, sunglasses, tennis shoes and a ballcap.

The subject left the premises. A photo was distributed among Police Officers, who spotted the man less than 40 minutes later. The suspect, Todd Blackburn, was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. An first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

32-year-old Justin Dempsey Shook of Boone died as the result of a motor vehicle collision in Boone yesterday (May 24). At 11:37 Tuesday morning, Boone Police, the Boone Fire Department and Watauga Medics responded to the intersection of East King Street and N.C. Highway 194 where a moped driven by Mr. Shook collided with a tractor-trailer.

Boone Police are investigating.

22-year-old Janeika Shaquia Griggs of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (May 24) on three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

She was arrested in connection to at least two incidents that occurred in July 2015. Griggs allegedly wrote worthless checks, deposited them into an A.T.M. and then withdrew an undisclosed sum of cash from the account. An investigation began on August 11, 2015 when Police responded to the Peoples Bank on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory.

A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in Griggs’ arrest yesterday.

She was taken into custody without incident at her residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

22-year-old Aishia Marie Pacheco has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of second-degree murder.

At about 6:10 a.m. yesterday (May 24), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding an unresponsive four-day-old infant. The infant’s mother, Aishia Pacheco, was given instructions over the phone to perform C.P.R. E.M.S., first responders and law enforcement arrived at the residence in the Wittenburg Community where they found the infant unresponsive.

Alexander County E.M.S. pronounced the infant deceased at the scene. The child’s body was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for an autopsy.

According to Sheriff Chris Bowman, Pacheco told Detectives the baby had been crying. She picked up the baby and held it against her chest, smothering the child.

Pacheco was arrested and jailed under a $1,000,000 secured bond. Her first District Court appearance was scheduled for June 6 in Alexander County.

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