38-year-old William Lee Simons of Drive Inn Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8:30 Saturday night (July 23) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Simons was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Express hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (July 25) in Newton.
30-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of 6th Avenue N.E. in Conover and 27-year-old Dustin Lee Jackson of Mylinda Drive in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (July 25). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Pless was also charged with three felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Jackson was charged with one additional count of misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
The two were taken into custody at the Baymont Inn & Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. According to arrest reports, Jackson was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Monday and Pless was arrested about 30 minutes later. Both were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility with bond for Pless set at $102,000, secured. Jackson was given a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. They were each scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
41-year-old Kimberly Antoinette McCall (also known as Kimberly A. Bratton) and 51-year-old William Samuel McCall, both from the same address on 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 5 p.m. Friday (July 22). They were each charged with felony habitual larceny.
The two were arrested in connection to an incident at the Lowes Foods store on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The two were spotted on video concealing items and leaving the store without paying. The female allegedly placed two boneless beefsteaks and three packages of Smithfield ribs (with a total value of $95.04) in her purse, while the male placed three, five-pound packages of Gusto thick-sliced bacon down his pants.
Investigators examined video taken outside the store and were able to get a tag number from the ’95 Lexus the suspects left the store in. The vehicle was registered to Kimberly McCall.
Officers located the suspect vehicle and the suspects at their residence. The suspects said they dropped off the stolen items at someone else’s house for a cookout.
Both suspects were charged with habitual larceny as the result of their past history, with numerous larceny and shoplifting convictions for each.
They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Kimberly McCall set at $15,000, secured. William McCall was given a $14,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in court today (July 25) in Newton.
41-year-old Sean Arthur Smail of County Home Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Saturday night (July 25) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police got behind a black B.M.W. with an expired registration tag, traveling south on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Officers stopped the vehicle and – as they approached – they smelled marijuana.
Officers found a small baggie containing a white powder substance on the driver’s side floorboard. Sean Smail was the driver and the vehicle’s only occupant.
During the booking process, a baggie containing marijuana and two empty baggies with a white residue were found in Smail’s right sock. In all, 0.65 grams of cocaine and 2.56 grams of marijuana were found.
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On April 21 of this year, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into a missing person case. James “Martin” Roberts. Roberts, a college student, was last seen in Boone, near the Appalachian State University Campus. A letter was found in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind, but the letter made no specific mention of harming himself. Police and Mr. Roberts’ family said that they know from the content of the letter that Roberts was experiencing some challenges in life and may have wanted to escape from his circumstances.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford says investigators have nearly exhausted their available leads and have begun looking at more unlikely scenarios. Recently, Boone Police Detective Kevin Wilson, the lead Investigator on the case, spent two days with experienced Investigators from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those Investigators will assist with technical aspects of the case.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James “Martin” Roberts should call 828-268-6900.
60-year-old Bobby Gene Huffman, Jr. of Bethlehem was arrested Friday (July 22) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.
The investigation leading to Huffman’s arrest stems from a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which notified the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. The incidents occurred from February through June of 2015. A search warrant was issued by a Superior Court Judge. The search warrant was executed at Huffman’s residence Friday.
Huffman was taken into custody and then taken before a Magistrate and given a $12,000 secured bond. Today (July 25), 11 more warrants were issued on the same charge. Those warrants stem from the same investigation. Huffman was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
This investigation is continuing.
53-year-old Ted McMurray Olson of Catawba Street in Glen Alpine was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:10 Saturday morning (July 23) on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
He was arrested after Police were called to fight in progress at the Metro Treatment Center on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, S.E. They found the victim, a 30-year-old Claremont man, on his knees in the parking lot, suffering from a knife wound on his upper, left back area. The victim pointed out the suspect, Ted Olson, who was still on the premises.
Police say the victim was waiting to pay inside the treatment center when he became upset that a slow computer was making it difficult for him to check out. He stepped outside to vent when the suspect allegedly came up from behind and hit the victim in the back of the head. The victim confronted Olson, who produced a knife and cut him.
The victim was not hospitalized. Olson complained of back pain and shortness of breath, but he refused treatment from E.M.S.
Olson was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (July 25) in Newton.
41-year-old Elmer Guicharquintero of Foxwood Drive in Maiden was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (July 20) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Guicharquintero is wanted by authorities at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California for a sex offense against a child ten years old or younger.
Guicharquintero was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (July 21) with another court date coming up on August 18 in Newton.
Foothills Performaing Arts (FPA) has announced that it will be the resident theater at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Hickory Boulevard S.E. in Lenoir.
Approximately four months ago, FPA began negotiating an agreement with the Broyhill Center to become the theater in residence. All of FPA's productions will be performed on the Broyhill Center’s main stage. The move will enable the theater to stage more large-scale shows with more advanced technology incorporated into the productions.
FPA and the Broyhill Center will remain separate entities.
FPA has also announced that they have begun the process of hiring a new Company Manager. The Company Manager will manage and complete the theater’s routine administrative tasks in order to effectively run a non-profit organization and theater arts company. The Company Manager will facilitate effective communication between Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, the Broyhill Center and FPA, and will improve communications between the FPA board and the theater’s artistic and technical directors.
The job will be a part-time position with a fixed schedule for ten hours per week. The Company Manager will start during the week of August 22.
For more information, visit fpatheatre.org.
24-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Breana Court in Conover have both been charged with two felony counts of murder. The two are accused of killing Mark Anthony Wilson and Diedra Lacarol Ramseur. They were shot to death on March 14 of this year in their home on Rest Home Road in Claremont.
Rivera was already in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He had been arrested on April 1 on a number of narcotics and firearms charges. He was served with the murder warrants at the jail at about 6 a.m. today (July 22). Ussery was taken into custody at about 6:10 this morning at his residence. He was also placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.
Both men are being held without bond on the murder charges. Rivera also has a $151,000 bond on the other charges. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (July 25) in Newton.