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17-year-old Oshia Jazhane Rice and 22-year-old Tyshala Tenae Tipps, both of the same 19th Street N.W. address in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Friday afternoon (February 5). Rice was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny. Tipps was arrested on five outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. She was also charged with second-degree trespass.

They were arrested after Officers responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. An employee saw Rice taking items without paying. Those items included slippers, curtains and toothpicks. Tipps was with Rice at the time.

Both subjects had previously been banned from the store. They were detained by Loss Prevention Officers until H.P.D. arrived and took the two women into custody without incident.

The two were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Rice set at $7,500, secured, while Tipps was given a $10,500 secured bond. Rice was scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 8). Tipps has a court date on March 9.

18-year-old Tavior Shawnte Imes of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory and 19-year-old Marquavious Kelsey Sudderth of North College Avenue in Newton were both arrested by Hickory on one felony count each of common law robbery and felony conspiracy.

The two were charged in connection to a robbery late Friday night at the Fast Track store on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. The incident occurred just after midnight as two black males entered the store and implied that they had a gun. They reached across the counter and took an undisclosed sum of cash from the store. The two then fled in a vehicle. At least one employee and one customer were present at the time. No one was injured.

A short time later, Newton Police stopped a 2001 silver Buick LeSabre for speeding. Imes and Sudderth matched the suspect descriptions from the Fast Track robbery.

They were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $35,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today (February 8) in Newton.

34-year-old Terry Lynn Campbell II of Greeneville, Tennessee has been charged by Boone Police with ten counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

As previously reported on WHKY, on December 27 of last year, Boone Police and Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation closed an ongoing online child predator investigation. The investigation was a proactive attempt by Boone Police to catch the individuals who seek to victimize children online.

Investigators saw a suspicious ad on a popular website. The ad indicated that a male was seeking a “young and inexperienced” girl. A Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl in Boone and responded to the ad.

The poster, Terry Campbell, arranged a meeting for sexual purposes with what he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. When Officers saw the suspect travel to the meeting location in Boone on the arranged date and time, they confronted and arrested him. A search of the suspect’s vehicle led to the seizure of evidence that further indicated Campbell was there for sexual purposes.

After the arrest, an investigation into Campbell’s other online activities began. The investigation led to additional charges that were filed on Wednesday (February 3). He was arrested at the Watauga Co. Detention Center and given a $75,000 secured bond. A court date was set for March 3.

54-year-old Jeffrey Neill Bivens of Coley Fish Pond Road in Newton has been arrested by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted for a probation violation connected to stolen property charge out of Yavapai County, Arizona.

Bivens was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility yesterday (February 4) under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.

29-year-old Timothy Cale Kyles of Perry Road in Troutman and 30-year-old Rayna Marie Williams of Davie Avenue in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one count of misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested after Deputies took a call on January 29 regarding a suspicious vehicle -- a primer-gray older model Ford Ranger -- in the area of Grandview Drive, off of Buffalo Shoals Road. Neighbors said the vehicle was traveling through the area slowly. The reporting parties said the vehicle’s occupants appeared to be looking for something to steal or a house to break into.

Deputies didn’t find the vehicle, but they did learn that Troutman Police had stopped this same vehicle a few days earlier. Deputies and Detectives continued the investigation and identified the driver as Timothy Kyles.

Detectives located and interviewed Kyles and also interviewed other witnesses. They learned of a house on Troutman Farm Road that had with an outbuilding that had been broken into twice. Witnesses saw the primer-gray vehicle and a male and female at the scene.

Detectives also reviewed video surveillance from a business in Troutman that showed Timothy Kyles and Rayna Williams as they pulled onto the property where they allegedly stole a gas can and gas. The gas can was later returned, empty.

At 1:30 a.m. on February 2, Kyles and Williams were arrested in the parking lot at the Sheetz store in Troutman. Kyles was given a $10,000 secured bond and Williams’ bond was set at $3,000, secured. Kyles will appear in District Court on February 15. No court date is currently listed for Williams.

30-year-old Joshua Aaron Bolick of 17th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation on a warrant from November of last year.

He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a person attempting to break in to a residence on the 1700 block of 6th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. Officers were given a suspect description.

A short time later, Police saw four individuals outside the nearby Jack in the Box restaurant. Three subjects fled on foot. A white male did not run and a black male who initially fled came back to the scene. Those two subjects told Police that the two who fled were a white male and a white female who had been arguing and “tweaking” (a term used to describe the sensation a user often feels at the end of a drug binge). They said the white male was wearing dark clothing and carrying a book bag.

An Officer then spotted a male matching the description, crouching outside an apartment, carrying a box. He initially told Police his name was Jeremy Bolick, but he was eventually identified as Joshua Aaron Bolick. He said he had gathered his possessions in the box after he was told to get out of the apartment. A search of Bolick’s person and the box turned up one gram each of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, plus drug paraphernalia.

Bolick was taken into custody at about 11:40 last night (February 4) without further incident. No one else was charged. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond; however, he was held without bond pending a parole hearing. Bolick was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

64-year-old Ruth Ann Tomasino of Pinehaven Drive in New London, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police early Wednesday morning on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee. The warrant for her arrest was issued on December 15, 2014 in Randolph County. New London is in Stanley County, just southwest of Randolph County.

Tomasino was taken into custody without incident at the Food Lion store on Highway 127 South in Mountain View. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Asheboro.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:14

Hickory Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

40-year-old Kalihani Deangelete Little of 15th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (February 3) on two felony counts of cruelty to animals. Little was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

No further details are available.

The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced a number of appointments to various state boards and commissions yesterday (February 3).

Among them was David Huffman of Catawba County, who was reappointed to the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission. Mr. Huffman served as the Sheriff of Catawba County until his retirement in 2010. He has over 42 years of law enforcement experience.

The purpose of the commission is to apply for and receive, on behalf of the State, funding from federal, public or private initiatives, grant programs or donors that will assist in examining and countering the problem of human trafficking in North Carolina; to commission, fund and facilitate quantitative and qualitative research to explore the specific ways human trafficking is occurring in North Carolina and the links to international and domestic human trafficking and to assist in creating measurement, assessment and accountability mechanisms; to contribute to efforts to inform and educate law enforcement personnel, social services providers and the general public about human trafficking so that human traffickers can be prosecuted and victim-survivors can receive appropriate services; to suggest new policies, procedures or legislation to further the work of eradicating human trafficking and provide assistance and review with new policies, procedures and legislation; to assist in developing regional response teams or other coordinated efforts to counter human trafficking the level of law enforcement, legal services, social services and nonprofits; to identify gaps in law enforcement or service provision and recommend solutions to those gaps; to consider whether human trafficking should be added to the list of criminal convictions that require registration under the sex offender and public protection registration program.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 14:48

Hickory Woman Arrested for Crack Cocaine

44-year-old Christina Denise Powell of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock last night (February 2) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers stopped a vehicle for an expired tag at 11th Avenue S.W. and Highway 70 S.W. Powell was the driver. A K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine on Powell’s person. 0.8 grams of marijuana were found in the possession of a male passenger. The passenger was issued a citation.

Powell was processed and then released about two-and-a-half hours later under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

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