Friday, 16 February 2018 12:06

Bomb Threat at Foard Found to be False

Earlier today (February 16), Fred T. Foard High School administration was notified of a bomb threat. The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office was notified and safety protocols were immediately enacted by school administration.

After an investigation conducted by the Sheriff's Office, the threat was determined to be false. All students and staff are safe. School has resumed on a normal schedule.

Anyone with information regarding the threat should contact the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.

22-year-old Brandon Marquis McDowell of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (February 15) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

McDowell was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on Highway 127 North in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was in possession of 209.9 grams of marijuana (about 7.5 ounces) of marijuana at the time of his arrest. McDowell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:44

Two Arrested in Hickory on Felony Meth Charges

34-year-old Stephanie McQueen Jonas (also listed as Stephanie Renee Jonas) of 21st Street N.E. in Hickory and 31-year-old Nathan Keith Chaney of Falls Avenue in Granite Falls were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (February 14). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, the two were in possession of two-tenths of a gram of methamphetamine at the time of their arrests.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at a shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Jonas set at $15,000, secured, while Chaney was given a $13,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

27-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 a.m. yesterday (February 14) on two felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. He was also charged as an habitual felon. In addition, White was charged with misdemeanor failure to appear.

White was wanted on warrants out of Watauga County that were issued in January and earlier this month. The Watauga Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report. White was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond. He is no longer listed as an inmate there. An appearance in Superior Court was set for March 5 in Boone.

33-year-old Leneil Randolph Green of J.R. Posse Drive in Claremont and 24-year-old Chere Vernice Cox of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (February 14). Green was charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Cox faces one felony count of second-degree kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count each of assault & battery and aiding & abetting a felony.

They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shots-fired call at Ridgecrest Apartments. Upon arrival, Officers found a female victim who had been assaulted and received non-life-threatening injuries. No gunshot victims were located. Green and Cox were identified as suspects.

They were both taken into custody without incident at Cox’s apartment. Green was arrested at about 5:25 a.m. and Cox was arrested about four hours later. Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Green set at $50,000, secured, while Cox was given a $25,000 secured bond. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

40-year-old Bruce Lorenzo Miller of 3rd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last night on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods, reckless driving to endanger and speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. In addition, he was charged with six felony counts of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, plus one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

Miller was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a breaking & entering in progress at a residence on 5th Street Drive N.E. The suspects fled the scene. Officers pursued the suspect vehicle until it crashed on Highway 127 in Taylorsville.

Miller was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond on the new felony charges. Bond on the previous charges was set at $213,500. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today and on March 8, with a Superior Court date coming up on February 19.

25-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Fulk of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (February 13) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance. She was arrested on warrants issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office in October of last year.

Fulk was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:05

Missing Teen Sought in Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. 16-year-old Breiana Lei McAfee was last seen at her residence on the 3000 block of Lee Lawing Road in Lincolnton at about eight o’clock last night (February 13).

Ms. McAfee is described as a black female. She is 5’5” tall and weighs 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans with holes in them and black Nike tennis shoes. She may also have been wearing a black jacket.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Breiana McAfee should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

25-year-old Marcus Gunnar McDowell of Harbor Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one count of failure to appear on a felony and one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 17 when Hickory Police responded to reports of a subject with a handgun outside a residence on 20th Avenue Court N.E. The subject, Marcus Gunnar McDowell, was found on the 800 block of 21st Avenue N.E. with 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on his person.

McDowell was taken into custody without incident at 12:22 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on March 19 and in District Court on April 27, both in Newton.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:35

Hickory Man Faces Felony Habitual Assault Charge

36-year-old Robert Lee McAfee of 7th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 14) on two felony counts of habitual misdemeanor assault.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on Monday (February 12) when Hickory Police responded to an assault call at McAfee’s residence. A warrant for McAfee’s arrest was issued that same day. He was taken into custody without incident at 12:52 a.m. today at his residence.

McAfee was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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