28-year-old Tyler Joseph Smith of Statesville was arrested yesterday (December 11) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  He faces felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.  Smith was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in an Alexander County courtroom yesterday.

25-year-old McKenzie Brooke Sherrill and 35-year-old Shane Lewis Hamrick, both of Stratford Lane in Denver, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Sherrill was charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretenses and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods, larceny and child abuse.  Hamrick was charged with one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.  He also faces misdemeanor counts for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, careless & reckless driving, failure to stop for a siren & blue lights and driving while license revoked.  Both suspects were charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  

They were arrested on Saturday (December 9) as Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant as they were looking for a stolen cell phone.  During the search, Officers found illegal drugs at the suspects’ residence.  The search warrant was obtained after the owner of the cell phone reported that it had been delivered at an address where she lived previously.  A female there signed the victim’s name for the delivery.

During the search, the cell phone was recovered from an upstairs bedroom, still inside the delivery box with the victim’s name on it.   Deputies also seized methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The apartment was occupied by three adults and a six-year-old child.  Lincoln County DSS was contacted and the child was turned over to his mother.

Later in the day, a Deputy was driving his patrol car on Stratford Lane when he saw Hamrick driving a red Toyota Tacoma.  The Officer knew Hamrick did not have a valid driver’s license and attempted to stop the vehicle as he turned on Campground Road.   Hamrick increased his speed and attempted to pour a white crystal-like substance from a clear plastic bag as he drove.

The Toyota was stopped after a short chase.  The white substance was spilled on the floorboard.  Officers seized another bag containing blue and white pills.  The truck was impounded for further investigation.

Both subjects were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention.  Sherrill’s bond was set at $35,000, secured, while Hamrick was given a $30,000, secured.  They were each scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 11).  Hamrick also had a Superior Court date set for today.

31-year-old Adrian Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory and 36-year-old Kandra Renee Leatherman of Potts Creek Road in Lincolnton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday (December 10).  Munoz was charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon and a felony probation violation.  He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while license revoked.  Leatherman faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The suspects were arrested after Hickory Police initiated a traffic stop at an address on South Center Street.  During the stop, the driver was identified as Munoz and a front passenger as Leatherman .  As Munoz was arrested on outstanding warrants, Officers found a shotgun and shells in the driver’s seat area.  They also found six grams of methamphetamine in Johnson’s coat.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  One additional passenger was not charged.

Munoz and Leatherman were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Bond for Munoz was set at $20,000, secured, while Leatherman was given a $2,000 secured bond.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled tomorrow in Newton.  Munoz was also scheduled to appear in Superior Court tomorrow.

At 11:05 last night (Sunday, December 10), a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt struck a pedestrian, 44-year-old Jimmy Lee Clevenger of Hickory, on the 400 block of 14th Ave N.E.  The Chevrolet, which was driven by 33-year-old Derval Anthony Hamilton of Hickory, was traveling west on 14th Avenue N.E.  Mr. Clevenger was standing stationary in the westbound lane when the collision occurred.

Mr. Clevenger sustained critical injuries due to the collision.  He was transported by Catawba County E.M.S. to Catawba Valley Medical Center.  He was then taken by MedCenter Air to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.  Mr. Hamilton did not sustain any injuries.

No charges have been filed.  According to Police, speed nor impairment were factors in the crash.

24-year-old Carlos Enrique Contreras of Carpentersville, Illinois was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (December 6) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  He also faces charges for assault on a government official and resisting a public officer.  Contreras was wanted in Kane County, Illinois for aggravated battery on a peace officer.

He was served the fugitive warrant at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where he has been in custody since October 11 of this year.  Bond on the fugitive warrant was set at $20,000, secured; however, the Catawba County website indicates that he is currently being held without bond.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (December 7) in Newton.

21-year-old Sherie Antoinette McCorkle of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee and to two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear.  She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of no operator’s license and hit & run with property damage.

She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny by employee at the Dollar General on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E.  McCorkle was taken into custody without incident.  The failure to appear warrants were issued in January of this year and the other charges were from warrants issued in December of 2016 in Gaston County.

Following her arrest, McCorkle was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released under a $4,500 secured bond.  She was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton with a court date in Gastonia set for January 11.

33-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of 9th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 8) on one felony count each of possession of schedule I and schedule II controlled substances, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Piper was taken into custody without incident at about 4:15 a.m. today at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Due to a threatening phone call, South Caldwell High School has been evacuated to the Granite Falls Recreation Center.  Car drivers have been released for the day, but all other students have been transported to the Granite Falls Recreation Center.  Parents may pick up students at the Recreation Center, or -- when the facility is cleared by local law enforcement -- the students will be returned to the school.

Parents will receive an alert notification when the facility has been cleared for regular operations.

Hickory Public Schools will close early, today (Friday, December 8) due to impending weather conditions. Hickory High and middle school students (Grandview and Northview) will be released at 12:30 p.m. today. HCAM students will be released at 1:30 p.m. All elementary & primary students will be released at 1 p.m. All after-school activities and games are cancelled.

In addition, due to snowy weather conditions, Caldwell County Schools will release 1.5 hours early today.

28-year-old Jim Xiong of Sedona Drive in Nebo was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:25 a.m. yesterday (December 7) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an address on 14th Avenue S.W. in reference to a possible stolen vehicle at that location.  Upon arrival, Jim Xiong was found inside the stolen vehicle.

Xiong was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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